jaimy michelle mann’s position on cute is to argue the politic of cute in between american and japanese culture. ‘kawaii in Japan consists predominantly of narrativeless characters/symbols consumed by males and females of all ages — e.g. bank, pharmaceutical, and city “mascots” are depicted by a kawaii character and “bad” boys hang Hello Kitty from their rearview mirrors — in the United States kawaii is specifically associated with Asian girls and women…’ and it goes on to feminism, sexual – ‘Cute connotes vulnerability and violence in the sense that, according to Sianne Ngai, what we see as cute we want to squeeze and destroy and/or protect from destruction.’
what a great link of research!
-Kochalka, James. The Cute Manifesto. Gainesville: Alternative Comics, 2005.
-Matsui, Midori. “Beyond the Pleasure Room to a Chaotic Street: Transformations of Cute
Subculture in the Art of the Japanese Nineties.” Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture. Edited by Takashi Murakami. New York: Japan Society; New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2005.
– Harris, Daniel. “Cute, Quaint, Hungry and Romantic: The Aesthetics of Consumerism”
可愛 – 新的research topic
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