Japanese Term Paper

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Title:Multidiscplinary approach to lateral thinking The author's approach to support his synthesis that there was an influx of immigration from Korean Peninsula to Japanse Islands in Yayoi period and that this population is the fundamental element in formation of the modern Japanese is both brilliant and unique: he uses 3 evidences (biological anthropology, linguistics and archaeology). Unlike most linguists, anthropologists, and archaeologists who only focus in their separate field and do not necessarily look at other fields, he is doing a very broad synthesis, taking information from all these different disciplines of which knowledge I am amazed that he knows as much as he does. I think that there is a question mark in the title because unlike the biological anthropology and lingustic evidences which show clearly that there was immigration from Korean peninsula, archaeological evidence presents some problems. For instance, he shows these difficulties associated with archaeological evidence by showing the 1)flaws of how archaeologists conduct and 2)difficulties associated with archaeological evidence (including geographical and chronological bias). 2)To begin with, in refuting against Rouse's archaeological approach, the author mentions that there are many instances of how it is hard to work with archaeological evidence alone to assert for evidences of immigration but rather it is only when biological evidence is also considered that a full picture of clear evidence of migration is seen (p151). 1)Also, the author shows another mistake archaeolgists make, that is, trying to connect a link between typology of certain archaeological artifacts (in this case, pottery style) and social changes. He compares this sort of approach to showing how the modern America develops through development of changing styles of TV sets (156). 2)In addition, author

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