Prof. Margi Nowak
Area of Study
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
The Olympics opening and closing ceremonies are full of culturally symbolic messages about the host country’s identity including their national myths, values, and character. Promoted under the title of “Unity in Diversity”, Japan’s Tokyo 2020 olympics challenged the popular myth of Japanese homogeneity through its intentional representation of multiracial athletes and performers throughout the opening ceremony events, and the subtle nod to the Ainu and Ryukyuan indigenous communities within Japan.
AHSS Summer Research Scholar
Morita, Hana Y., "The 2020 Tokyo Olympics and The Myth of Japanese Homogeneity" (2021). Summer Research. 403.
University of Puget Sound