CNN: Aggretsuko: Hello Kitty's beer swilling, heavy metal-loving angry sister

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Release date: 12/3/2014

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Born in the aftermath of the student riots that rocked Japan in 1971, the cute craze sprang from an underground literary trend in the 1970s when teenage girls started writing the Japanese alphabet in childish, rounded characters, according to Sharon Kinsella, a lecturer in Japanese studies at Manchester University.

The movement, argues Kinsella, was a way for Japanese women set on the path to motherhood to re-embrace childhood and reject adult responsibilities.
But it wasn't just young women who latched on to Japan's cute craze.

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TitleAggretsuko: Hello Kitty's beer swilling, heavy metal-loving angry sister
Media name/outletCNN
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date14/03/17
DescriptionBorn in the aftermath of the student riots that rocked Japan in 1971, the cute craze sprang from an underground literary trend in the 1970s when teenage girls started writing the Japanese alphabet in childish, rounded characters, according to Sharon Kinsella, a lecturer in Japanese studies at Manchester University.
The movement, argues Kinsella, was a way for Japanese women set on the path to motherhood to re-embrace childhood and reject adult responsibilities.
But it wasn't just young women who latched on to Japan's cute craze.
URLedition.cnn.com/2017/03/13/asia/sanrio-aggretsuko-hello-kitty/index.html
PersonsSharon Kinsella
TitleSchoolgirls, Money and Rebellion, the Interview
Media name/outletHuffington Post
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date12/08/14
PersonsSharon Kinsella
TitleRadio 4 Forethought, March 2014
Media name/outletRadio 4
Duration/Length/Size30 mins
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date12/03/14
DescriptionCult of the Girl
URLhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03w18fn
PersonsSharon Kinsella