Pacific Rim Lecture Series Event: Robert Whiting Talk About His New Book, "The Meaning of Ichiro"

June 3, 2004, Thursday
Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 212/213 (access)
Free and open to public, advance reservations are not required.

Robert Whiting's new book, "The Meaning of Ichiro"In his new book, THE MEANING OF ICHIRO: The New Wave from Japan and the Transformation of Our National Pastime (Warner Books), Robert Whiting examines the extraordinary phenomenon of Japanese ballplayers making it big-and re-inventing the game-in America.In THE MEANING OF ICHIRO, Whiting chronicles Ichiro's meteoric rise to stardom and the impact he's had on the game. Whiting also includes:

  • an overview of the Japanese style of baseball, including the impact of the Japanese concept of wa (group harmony) on the game.
  • how earlier pioneers, from Masanori Murakami (who pitched for the San Francisco Giants in 1964) to "corkscrew" pitcher Hideo Nomo, paved the way for new Japanese players.
  • how American ballplayers playing in Japan have affected the game in that country.

In his classic book, You Gotta Have Wa (1989; chosen by Bukusu Magazine as one of the 50 best non-fiction books ever written in Japan), Whiting examined how American major league players coped with culture shock while playing ball in Japan. In THE MEANING OF ICHIRO, he reverses the field to show how Ichiro and other Japanese players are thriving overseas, and changing Americans' perceptions of Japan.

About Robert Whiting

Robert WhitingRobert Whiting is the author of several highly acclaimed books on contemporary Japanese culture, including "You Gotta Have Wa," and "Tokyo Underworld," an account of organized crime in Japan which is being developed for the screen by Dreamworks. The author of 10 books in Japanese, Whiting has written for The New York Times, The Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Readers Digest, Sport and Time Magazine.

He has been a reporter/commentator for News Station, the #1 rated news program in Japan, and has appeared in numerous documentaries about Japan and on such shows as CNN's Larry King Live, the PBS Macneil-Lehrer News Hour, Nightline, ESPN's Sports Central, HBO's RealSports and All Things Considered.

Robert Whiting's Interview in Tokyo Weekender

About Pacific Rim Lecture Series

The Temple University, Japan Campus Pacific Rim Lecture Series is an ongoing forum for Asian and Japanese studies scholars and authorities to address issues of social and political significance in and for Japan.

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Kyle Cleveland
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Temple University, Japan Campus

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The Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.