The Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies - "Digital Youth in East Asia"

A Project exploring how young people are using new forms of digital technology to transform personal identity, social connection and productive activity.

Anne Allison (Department of Anthropology, Duke University)
Mizukoshi Shin (Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, Tokyo University)
David Slater (Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University)

Kyle Cleveland (Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies, Temple University, Japan Campus)

June 21st & 22nd

June 21-22: Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita Hall (Access)

Being connected, every day, all the time, is for many young people a precondition of social participation, cultural citizenship and economic productivity. The results of these patterns of connectivity are new forms of subjectivity and sociality. The young are simultaneously being confronted with new mechanisms of social control and market integration that entail as much anxiety, coercion and compromise as they do autonomy, freedom and agency.

"Digital Youth in East Asia" will bring together a multi-disciplinary group of scholars to develop an analysis of young people's techological creativity and negotiation of new forms of identity within the larger context of economic and political shifts we are seeing today.


"Digital Youth in East Asia" Academic Conference

June 21-22, 2008
9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita Hall (Access)
RSVP not required.
For more information, contact us

This two day academic conference will include panel presentations by noted scholars addressing the role of digital technologies in Youth Culture. The event will also include "Digital Youth x Pecha Kucha Night, Vol. II" featuring a multi-disciplinary group of scholars who will examine the way young people are using new digital technologies to creatively transform established notions of identity, sociality and citizenship within the larger context of economic and political shifts in East Asia.

List of Papers and Panels
(Saturday, June 21)

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Panel 1: Patterns of Use and Developing Identities

Chair: Shin Mizukoshi

  • Wan-Ying Lin (City University of Hong Kong) and Joo-Young Jung (Temple University, Japan Campus)
    Title: New Media connections of the Digital Generation: An examination of five East Asian cities
  • Damien Spry (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)
    Title: Youth, Childhood, Mobile Phones and Public Policy
  • Yeran Kim (Kwangwoon University)
    Title: A Study on Multi-sensical, Emotional and Social aspects of Video-telephony: Focusing on Early Users' Culture
  • Paul Sutcliffe (Temple University, Japan Campus)
    Title: Otaku: Mediating Subcultural Identities

12:30 p.m.
Keynote Address: Shin Mizukoshi (Tokyo University)
Title: Digital Youth

2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Panel 2: Digital Subjectivities

Chair: Anne Allison

  • Sophia T. Wu, (National Chengchi University)
    Title: The Affordance and Embodiment of Mobile Practice of Taiwanese Teen-girls in Everyday Life
  • Cathy N. Davidson (Duke University)
    Title: Digital Youth and the Paradox of Digital Labor: Do-It-Yourself or Do-It-For-Them?
  • Yoshitaka Mouri (Tokyo University of the Arts)
    Title: Mobile Technology Culture and the Emergence of 'Mobile' Subjectivities'
  • David H. Slater (Sophia University)
    Title: Digitality as Labor in Space: Immaterial, Affective and Mobile

4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Digital Youth X Pecha Kucha Night, Vol. II

Chair: Kyle Cleveland

Young scholars presenting work on the intersection of digital technology and youth culture in an innovative "Pecha Kucha" format: 20 slides for 20 seconds (6 minutes, 40 seconds total). Devised and shared by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of KDa Architecture, Pecha Kucha" (in Japanese: "The sound of conversation") is a series of short multi-media presentations in which artists, designers, and scholars network and show their work in public. (

  • Minerva Terrades (Tokyo University)
    Title: Keitai bodies. An intimate relationship
  • Noriko Manabe (Nichibunken)
    Title: For Whom the Bell Rings: Differences in the Use of Ringtones and Mobile Music in Japan and the United States
  • Laura B. Beltz (Cal State, Northridge)
    Title: Networking Resistance: The Online Manifestos of American Fans of Japanese Popular Culture
  • Michael Tecson (Cal State, LA)
    Title: "Location Still Matters: National Identity and Segregation in the Online Gaming Community"
  • Lisa D. Falvey and MacKenzie Peltier (Emmanuel College)
    Title: Socialization in the Age of Globalization: Social Capital, Imperialism, and Second Life
  • Jeffrey Boase (Tokyo University) and Tetsuro Kobayashi (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
    Title: Kei-Tying teens: Using mobile phone e-mail to bond, bridge, and break with social ties - a study of Japanese adolescents
  • Patrick Galbraith (Sophia University)
    Title: Nico Nico Douga: 'Matsuri' consumption of media mythology as viewing ritual

(Sunday, June 22)

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Panel 3: Digital Difference

Chair: Todd Holden

  • Jack Linchuan Qiu, (Chinese University in Hong Kong)
    Title: What Do They Need? Education Reform, Labor Restructuring, and "Have-Less" Youth in China's Working-Class Network Society
  • Kyle Cleveland (Temple University, Japan Campus)
    Title: Performative Identity and Digital Renderings of Race in Japanese Youth Culture
  • Larissa Hjorth, (RMIT University, Australia)
    Title: Domesticating cartographies: Gendered youth mobile media in the Asia-Pacific

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Panel 4: Digital Dysfunction and Exclusion

Chair: David Slater

  • Tomoyuki Okada (Kansai University)
    Title: Net Bullying and Using of Mobile Internet by Japanese Teenagers
  • Roland Nozomu Kelts (Sophia University)
    Title: "Autistic" Japan? Mobile Communications vs. Making Contact
  • Anne Allison (Duke University)
    Title: Digital "Life" Amidst Social Withdrawal

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Wrap Up and Future Directions

Chair: Ken Kissoker

  • Anne Allison, Kyle Cleveland, Shin Mizukoshi and David Slater

6 p.m. Reception

Wakai Project

Produced by Thee Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies's Wakai Project at Temple University, Japan Campus. Wakai provides a forum for students to interact with cultural innovators and have serious discussion about social issues. The network of universities and educational institutions that Wakai draws on provides academic ground to popular culture experiences to integrate their academic and social worlds.

Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies: Wakai Project
Temple University, Japan Campus
Project Director: Kyle Cleveland (
2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel. 03-5441-9800
E-mail: contact us


"Digital Youth in East Asia" will include an academic conference at Temple University's Tokyo Campus on June 21-22, and a conjoined event at Zaim Café in Yokohama on June 7. Both events will include "Digital Youth X Pecha Kucha Night" short-form multi-media presentations by young scholars, in addition to the more traditional academic panel presentations at the university on June 21-22.

Digital Youth x Pecha Kucha Night, Vol. 1

Saturday, June 7th, 2008
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Zaim Café in Yokohama (Access)
1000 yen w / flyer, 1500 yen @ door - includes tasting of 7 kinds of sake
RSVP not required.
For more information, contact us

With a diverse group of performer representing traditional and modern art, aesthetics and pop culture. In addition to the Pecha Kucha presentations, this event will include professional Japanese musical performers, a fashion show by "Team Unit", and sake-talk and tasting, curated by "Mr. Sake" John Gauntner, who will introduce seven regional varieties from Japan's best sake breweries. (

About ICJS

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.