Tsutsui is a big fan of Godzilla, so his lecture on the importance of Godzilla to about 150 people shouldn’t be a surprise.
From The Daily Mustang:
A published authority on Japanese culture Dedman College Dean Dr. William Tsutsui spoke about the significance of Godzilla, to nearly 150 people in McCord Auditorium Tuesday night.
“Godzilla films can provide us valuable insights into Japanese culture since World War II,” Tsutsui said.According to Tsutsui the 28 films in the Godzilla series have developed around major issues like nuclear weapons, pollution, and corporate greed.….
In his lecture Tsutui keyed in on the theme of anti-American sentiment prevalent amongst the films. The first Godzilla film, “Gojria,” provides an example. The film was released less than ten years after the U.S. defeat of Japan in World War II and uses “memories of the past war and fears of a coming war seemingly intertwined, always with an unspoken antagonism towards America” Tstutsui said.