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THE HONG KONG ANTHROPOLOGICAL SOCIETY
AND THE HONG KONG MUSEUM OF HISTORY
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An Anthropological Talk by John Skutlin

Turning Goth in Japan: Subcultural Identity, Ritual &  Self-Expression

Thursday 25 September 2014, 7:00pm
Hong Kong Museum of History
Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Imported from the U.K. in the late 1970s, Goth subculture in Japan encompasses musical styles, fashions, symbols, and body modifications that many people may find morbid, sinister, or unhealthy. Hundreds of Japanese of all ages from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds gather at Goth events in Tokyo and other cities to embrace this dark subculture, and the lack of instituted graduation and permanence of body modifications can result in lifelong participation. While Goth might be seen as a negative influence in such individuals' lives, it provides an alternative identity that allows them to channel, express, and come to terms with negative emotions and experiences of alienation and isolation, which otherwise have few socially sanctioned outlets in Japan's often highly conformist mainstream society.

Currently studying for his doctoral degree in Japanese Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, John M. Skutlin's research focuses on the global flows of subculture centering on Japan from a cultural anthropological perspective.

       
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