This site albeit in different versions has been online continuously since 1998. My goal back then was and remains today: to provide resources for progressive scholars, students, and activists on matters concerning Fair Trade, Democracy, Globalization, Human Rights, Labor, Environment, Peace, Justice, Alternative Media, Cultural Studies, and Cultural Anthropology.
@ DGMoen.net you will find scholarly essays, video transcripts, organized links, recommended readings, and more. I thank you for visiting, and encourage you to browse the site.
About Darrell G. Moen, Ph.D.
I was born in Japan (to a Japanese mother and American father) and lived here until the age of seven. I was then raised in the United States and returned to Japan after obtaining a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in December 1995. My primary topical area of interest is new social movements, looking at how people united in grassroots-based organizations are working to effect the basic structural changes necessary to transform society to be more participatory and inclusive, democratic and equitable. I consider myself very fortunate to be in a position to introduce Japanese university students to socially relevant topics that help them to start to question the accepted dogma and engage in critical analyses of pressing social issues.
I have a tenured position as Professor of Cultural Anthropology at a university here in Tokyo and the courses I teach range from Anthropology of New Social Movements and Anthropology of Human Rights to Critical Media Studies and Postwar US-led Imperial Alliance System. Being half Japanese with permanent residency status, I am in the unique position of being able to offer a radical critique of aspects of Japanese society and Japanese government policies without being labeled a “Japan basher”. Likewise, as an American citizen living and teaching in Japan I am again in the unique position of being able to offer a radical critique of aspects of American society and US government policies that most university students here are not exposed to since Japan is closely allied with the Unites States, militarily, politically, and economically, and thus American culture and society are often presented in a very favorable light.
As an educator, I incorporate an engaged/critical pedagogical approach in my classes that encourage students to develop and utilize their critical thinking skills so they may become engaged citizens, willing and able to evaluate issues after examining differing perspectives and interpretations of social phenomena.
By the end of the courses that I teach, students are in position to question the validity of the dominant culture’s truth claims. They start to question the ways in which we are conditioned and socialized to accept as “objective truth” what we’re taught in school and what we’re told is “objective analysis” in mainstream media. And, hopefully, they come to realize that they can become involved with others in helping to establish a new world order based on such universal principles as peace, human rights, and social justice.