Michael K. Bourdaghs's compellingly readable Sayonara Amerika, Sayonara Nippon imaginatively conceives an original account of how Japan, in the postwar and Cold War years, broke with a historical narrative centered on the United States military occupation and Japan's subsequent confinement within the American imperium to enter the actual world. Bourdaghs persuasively shows how Japan, through the production of diverse forms of popular music and the formation of its audiences, engaged a genuinely global geopolitical aesthetics, shaping it and being shaped by it, that successfully left behind the narrow precinct of America's Japan for the new world announced by J-Pop.(Harry Harootunian, Duke University, author of Overcome by Modernity: History, Culture, and Community in Interwar Japan)
For music, history, or cultural fans of contemporary Japan, this book is a chart-topper.(Kris Kosaka Japan Times)
It is truly encouraging to see this Asian specialist presenting an excellent study of a subject so often mishandled in poorly researched journal articles. Bravo! Highly recommended.(Choice 1900-01-00)
Michael K. Bourdaghs is associate professor of modern Japanese literature at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Dawn That Never Comes: Shimazaki Toson and Japanese Nationalism and a translation editor of Natsume Soseki's Theory of Literature and Other Critical Writings and Kamei Hideo's Transformations of Sensibility: The Phenomenology of Meiji Literature.