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From breakdance crews in Seoul, video game teams in Shanghai, and skateboarders in Tokyo, youth cultures flourish and travel throughout East Asia and outwards across the Pacific Rim. This class tackles theories of youth identity while paying close attention the ways kids in Asia have changed their societies and reflected back larger political and economic issues. We’ll be thinking about how style, media, body practices (like breakdancing), concepts of romance and sex, and global communication are incorporated into the daily lives of young people and in turn make them a powerful and heterogeneous cultural force.  SS, BN.