Todd is a novelist, essayist, academician, songwriter, web designer, teacher, lecturer, former DJ, past basketball coach, son, brother, husband, father, and friend. Sired in Pasadena, California, with time spent in Paris, France; educated in Syracuse, New York, now educating in Sendai, Japan, Todd is a person of multiple identities: an intellectual gypsy with cross-national links and a transnational perspective. Todd holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Social Science and is currently Professor of Mediated Sociology in the Graduate School of International Cultural Studies (GSICS) at Tohoku University, in Sendai, Japan. For analyses of Japanese popular culture by tjm Holden, see archived issues of his column, ReDotPop: Mediations of Japan; and for adventures in the journey of life, see his PopMatters' travel blog: Peripatetic Postcards.
When Can We Be Friends? | 29 Mar 2009 // 3:59 PM
When it comes to sports, while we may be swimming in the cool pool of popular culture, if those sports happen to pit South Korea against Japan, then we have strayed into the searing hot tub of politics.
Jero: Oh Yes, He Can | 16 Feb 2009 // 2:00 PM
How a young 'half-breed' is reviving a very old, traditional, insular, often ridiculed form of Japanese music.
I Survived a Japanese Earthquake (Tribute to Tohoku) | 18 Mar 2011 // 5:15 AM
Life after the quake and tsunami in Tohoku is not easy at all. Cut off from them, as I am now, with no working phone service and much of the Internet down, I can only pray for the people I left behind on that day.