Culture & Literature

Nikkei Diaspora Literature
De Souza 研究室






"Klara and the Sun": The Future of Human and AI Coexistence
Immigration and Social Class in Kazuo Ishiguro's "Klara and the Sun"
The Life of Stevens in Kazuo Ishiguro's "The Remains of the Day"
Marxist Hierarchical Society in "Klara and the Sun"
The Importance of Mutual Understanding in "Chorus of Mushrooms"

  • Contesting Canada’s Narrative of Nation through Canadian Nikkei Children’s Literature

    This paper argues that modern Canadian Nikkei children's literature about incarceration contests Canada's national narrative. Using an interview with a Canadian Nikkei children's book author and close readings of three works by Canadian Nikkei authors, the paper demonstrates how they challenge the narrative of the nation during the Second World War. The paper highlights how Canadian Nikkei writers can challenge long-held ideas of what makes a nation despite their unequal access to political power and media resources.

  • Japanese Popular Fiction: Constraint, Violence and Freedom in Kirino Natsuo's Out

    This chapter explores Japanese popular fiction, focusing on Kirino Natsuo's novel Auto (Out) as an illustration of its significance during times of media and cultural upheaval and major social changes in Japan. The chapter investigates how the novel tackles various social issues such as gender discrimination, an aging society, precarious employment, minority exclusion, and violence. By analyzing the materiality of the novel, the chapter demonstrates how Japanese popular fiction can be used as a tool to observe and address important social issues in Japanese society.

  • JSPS Research and Life in Japan: Dr. Lyle De Souza

    Article by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) about the research and life in Japan of Dr. Lyle De Souza.