Dr Bill Phillips, Senior Lecturer in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department at the University of Barcelona, Catalonia, writes about the association of crime fiction with the city and the rise of particular kind of protagonist, the hard-boiled detective.
Tomas Engelthaler, psychologist, and professor Thomas T Hills, both from the University of Warwick, UK, ask a very serious breakfast-table question.
Dr Kellina Craig-Henderson explores the social psychology of expatriation for Americans who have left the United States in the light of their group status and personal identity resulting from formative experiences within the United States.
Chinese settlements on the border between California and Mexico date back over 100 years and their legacy can still be felt today. Scott Warren, Donna Ruiz E Costello and Wan Yu explore the impact of Chinese immigration to the region, in the context of the ‘hopeful geography’ of Bajalta California.
Alexander Krieg outlines the misconceptions surrounding hikikomori, and the ways in which social withdrawal may be best explained by existing psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Maree Sugai puts forward the argument that the ‘opting out’ of society manifested in Japan is culture reactive and is a social epidemic that is growing.
Dr. Alexandre Avdulov gives a short history of the globalisation of Chanoyu, better known as Japanese tea ceremony, and argues that the practice has provided great potential for intercultural communication.