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Tune in Japan: Approaching Culture Through Television

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725 PARK AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10021-5088

212-288-6400 1997.


Reviewed by Henry Kiernan

Whenever visiting a new place, whether in the United States or abroad, we want to learn as much as possible about its important places, artifacts, and cultural traditions. After spending a day touring sights and enjoying local cuisine, I must admit that just before going to bed, I like to turn on the hotel room television to view popular programs. I realize it is only one window, but it does provide another way to gain a “sense of place” through the eyes of a powerful medium.

Tune in Japan: Approaching Culture Through Television provides the equivalent “sense of place” by mixing existing television footage from Japan with digital graphics. With an appealing multimedia format, the target audience is middle school students. Produced by the Asia Society, the film and its accompanying Teacher’s Guide, edited by Linda Wojtan, represent quality resources rich in teaching and learning activities.