Indonesian Popular Culture Essay

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The western theories of “Culture Imperialism” are also applicable to the domination of Japanese popular culture in Indonesia. The Indonesian teens thought that this Japanese pop culture that they take enjoyment from is something that has value in the society and is useful for them. Little did they know, they themselves have been influenced by such ideology that is spread out through mass media and thought that this Japanese pop culture that they take enjoyment from is something that has value in the society and is useful for them. This has led them to think that the said culture is far better than the Indonesian popular culture; underestimating the popular culture of their own country.
This J-pop wave not only affect the teenagers in large cities of Indonesia such as Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya; which are thought to be the center of the distribution of popular culture, but also the small cities in rural areas of the country. The happening of this event, of course, is also due to the intervention of the Japanese government. For example, the “Tokyo Beat Program” which is a Japanese music program with the duration of 30 minutes that is produced by Japan Cultural Center.
Aside from Japanese music that is aired from the radio station, this Japanese popular culture invasion over the young generation
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Anime is very popular in Indonesia since the early 1980s when Betamax video were spread widely in the country. Japanese animated film titles which aired during the 1980s such as “Candy-Candy”, “Ikkyu-san”, “Voltus Five”, and “God Sigma” would sound familiar to the Anime fans who were born in 1960s and 1970s. Yet, due to its spread in the Betamax video format, the popularity in Indonesia at that time were limited because not a lot of people could afford to purchase their own Betamax video

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