Month: September 2013

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Quality of Mentoring and Personal Attributes as Correlates of Professional Competencies Among Librarians of Region 10

It is essential for librarians to advance professionally. The professional competencies of librarians that were acquired through education and library practice may no longer be relevant for the jobs that have been changed or redesigned by technology. Thus, this study determined the association between the head librarians’ quality of mentoring and personal attributes and the

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Americanism and Japanese Post-Colonial Influence on Taiwan: On Zhenho Wang’s “Portraits of Beauties/Americana” “(Mei Ren Tu)”

Three years after the U.S. switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to P.R.C. in 1979, Wang Zhenho’s novel, Portraits of Beauties/Americana (Mei Ren Tu) was published in January 1982. In the twenty seven years under U.S. custody (1951 to 1978), the English language had attained the status of ideological supremacy–a cultural and social capital–through which and

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Transfiguration of Space: Practice-Based Research in Painting and Digital Art by Kong Ho

Envisioned as a practice-based research project in painting and digital art by Kong Ho, “Transfiguration of Space” will explore the theme of spirituality as it is conveyed through meditative symbolic icons, logarithmic spirals, nautilus shells, floral patterns, natural forms and memoristic images found in my daily living environment. The Taoist-Buddhist perspective for understanding humans and

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Rewriting the Signpost: Memories of Misdirection

“YOU ARE HERE” declares the red dot on the mall’s directory. To shoppers in need of finding their orientation in reference to their immediate surroundings, the bright reference spot is a simple, but important orientation marker. Taking my cue from written signs as place markers, and by association, memory links and cultural indicators, I have

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The Clustering of Accommodation Facilities and Tourism Development in Cing Jing area of Taiwan

This research, taking the example of Cing Jing area, examined the relationship analysis of accommodation facilities temporal-spatial clustering and Butler’s TALC tourism development model. First, from the time series data of the tourists’ number of Cing Jing area, this research investigated to the degree of the TALC stage of tourism development of Cing Jing area.

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Othering the Malay in Malaysia: A Planned Consequence of Politics?

This paper examines the rise in the politicisation of Islam in Malaysia and links it to the othering of the Malaysian Malay. It is my argument that both were “conquering” tools of Malaysia’s “Father of Modernisation”, Mahathir Mohamad, devised to win the support of the Malay muslim majority in Malaysia. The many awards bestowed on

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A Heuristic Model to Aid the Western Business People Working in Culturally Different Societies to Adjust to the Environment

This paper is based on an ongoing research project that investigates the factors that contribute to successful assimilation by Western professionals in different countries. The investigation has used data collected from different case studies related to Japan and Hong Kong. Each case study deals with issues and challenges facing Western expatriates residing in these countries

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The content analysis of sex, violence, and the use of language in television programs rated as G (General): for all ages

This study is a content analysis research that analyzes inappropriate expression in the content of television programs rated as “G (General) : for all ages” in three dimensions : sex, language, and violence. The sample comprises of 52 G-rated television programs aired on six free-to-air national television stations in Thailand ; Channel 3, Channel 5

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Politics of Asian Welfare Marketing Campaign: Is Thailand following the Footstep of Euro Breakdown?

One of the headline issues of avoidance in politics is the question of how public finance (and the costs to taxpayers) would be affected by the generous welfare provision offers that had been promised before the election. Once these provisions are implemented, international experiences had shown that no future governments would have the courage to

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Who Controls Radio Listening in Cars?

Despite many studies on media consumption in the domestic sphere, few studies have been conducted in the driving context. Based on the author’s research paper titled “In-vehicle radio listening patterns of Bangkokians” which collected data from a sample of 438 drivers using questionnaires and 19 drivers plus 13 companions using in-depth interviews, this article “Who

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Facebook : Communication Behavior of Thai Teenagers in the Public Sphere

Currently, young people are increasingly using the Internet, especially social networking sites. Facebook.com has grown dramatically with many researches showing that the largest group of Facebook users are adolescents. The research of “Communication Behavior of Thai Teenagers in Public Sphere: A Case Study of Social Networking Website Facebook” conducts three methods: an informal interview of

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A Simple Glimpse of the Present Times Hand in Hand with Dao De Jing

Chinese philosophy highlights human experience where practical wisdom is attained. Dao De Jing is an ancient Chinese philosophy, while postmodernism pervades the everydayness of cutting edge and cyber world technology which are manifestations of the “uncarved block.” Advanced science and technology, advance research, and advanced information, among others, are always in relation to human being’s

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Study of Health Practice of Postpartum Women Living in Urban of Nakhonratchasima and Nearby Who Received Family Health Service by Nursing Students During Year 2005 to 2009

This research studyies the behaviors of postpartum women composed of antenatal care, using folk-postpartum medicine, newborn feeding, and family planning. Data collection was via retrospective method which operated from the registration books of maternal and newborn services belonging to the department of family and community nursing. The books were used to record learning activities of

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Comparing Tourism Destination Images Between Before the Trip and After the Trip

There are several studies identifying tourism destination images to three types-original image, reduced image, and complex image based on before and after a traveler’s itinerary. However, little empirical research has focused on comparing the transformation of these three types in different formation stages. This research aims to explore the transformation of the reduced image before

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Ethnic Relations in Transnational Context : The Case Study of Chinese Indonesians – Indonesian Relations in Medan after 1998

The relations between Chinese and ‘Pribumi’ Indonesians are unequivocally complicated, and vary according to global & local contexts. For decades, Chinese-Pribumi Indonesians relations have been very fragile. Ethnic tension had evidently reached its peak in 1998 and soon after that, many anti-Chinese riots took place in several cities, including Medan. This incident has unquestionably given

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Is the Transportation Revolution Accelerating the Marginalization at Regional Level?

This research aims to illuminate the core is emerging, and the periphery is undergoing marginalization on geography proximity through the spatial competition process of tourism development, using the indexes of traveler’s number of tourist spots and typical itineraries of travelers to explore how marginalization after transportation revolution tourism development. In order to clarify the relationships

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Meaning Construction of Modern Women in Weight-Loss Coffee Advertisements

The objective of this research is to study symbolic meanings of modern women in weight-loss coffee advertisements, popular drinks among Thai working women. This qualitative research had been conducted based on textual analysis of weight-loss coffee advertisements that had been broadcasted through varieties of advertising channels during 2008-2012. Research results had been found that weight-loss

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Kuki Shūzō’s Temporal Aesthetics: Finding Japanese Identity in Art and Literature

The objective of this paper is to analyze two works of Kuki Shūzō: Propor sur le Temps (1928) and Bungaku no Keijijōgaku (The Metaphysics of Literature) (1940). The question we hope to answer is: Can we identify in Japanese art and literature a characteristic expression of time? What temporality is this? In Propor sur le

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A Multinomial Logistic Regression Analysis of the Traveler Type Differences of the Travel Path Patterns in Dong-Gang Area of Taiwan

Despite travel path patterns are the fundamental aspect of tourism phenomenon; little attention has been given to connect with traveler’s types. This research, focused on the arrangement types of travel nodes, according to 350 valid questionnaires of conducting in-depth interviewing and questionnaires survey of travelers stayed at Dong-Gang area, and examined the relationship between the

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The Contact Zone: The Intersection of Indigenous Knowledges in the Arts and Humanities

Settler societies and indigenous peoples operate in the contact zone routinely in asymmetrical relations of power. Through the integration of indigenous knowledges in curriculum areas in the Arts and Humanities ontological shifts have shaped knowledge production. Whilst power relations and their systems remain firmly entrenched with settler societies, there have been necessary shifts in understanding

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From Resistance to Participation: Clanship and Urban Modernization in the Wuyi Rural Market Towns during the Republican Era

Studies on urban modernization in early twentieth century South China usually attribute rural development to the government and some returned overseas Chinese only. In Wuyi, a region in South China, traditional clanship dominating the rural society is usually considered to be slowing down urban modernization during that period. However, most of the modernized rural markets

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When Female Ghosts Came Back

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The Duality of Narrative Voice and the Possibility of Friendship in Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Everything Is Illuminated”

In Jonathan Safran Foer’s postmodern novel, Everything is Illuminated, we see a semi-autobiographical journey in search for generational memory, family secrets, and the display of self-identification through a combination of Joycian stream-of-consciousness narration, picturesque demonstration of words, and magic-realism (Ward 152). Its 2005 film adaptation has opened a new ground for various interpretations toward the

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Theme of Alienation in Modern Literature

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The House as Mirrors in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”

Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” is a story about the misery of the Ushers who suffer both physical and mental illness. From the whole description of the story, the background setting presents a glooming atmosphere regarded as complementary to a Gothic novel or Gothic Romance. M. H. Abrams explains that

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At the Nexus of Nature and Culture: Botany as Metaphor

This paper looks at a series of artworks which I produced in 2009 to 2012 during my doctoral programme at the University of East London, UK. This body of work involves a number of fictional plants produced through drawings, sculptures and digital prints that explore different layers of meaning of images of fictional plants living

“Princess Robot Bubblegum” Critiques “Cool Japan:” An Illustration of the Impact of Japan’s Soft Power Movement through a Cross-Cultural, Cross-Media Response

The anime parody ‘Princess Robot Bubblegum’ found in Grand Theft Auto IV has stirred controversy in both video game and anime fan communities: Some members recognize the parody’s alienation as a critique of Japan’s attempt to build cultural capital and soft power; others argue that the episode illustrates how humor can be used to foster

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The Searching of “Dream Illusion” in Chinese landscape poetry of Liu Tsung-yuan

When interpreting Liu’s poems about mountains and rivers, we can discover that there is quite an amount of intense melancholy and worry. From this, we can examine his poems from dream illusion. Even though his terms contain many absurd and obscure words, due to the revealing of dream illusion, we can find that there are

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The Construction of Narrative in Three Modernist Moments: Riverrun Past A Carafe to The Red Wheelbarrow

The construction of narrative has been debated by a full range of intellectuals, including philosophers of language, semioticians, narratologists, and neuropsychologists. Some of the questions raised about the structure of narrative occur in modernist writers who intentionally violated received narrative structure, presented deliberately cryptic and fragmented texts, recast what constitutes ordered and organized thought. At

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Passageway and Its Double: Reconsideration of Function of Parodos in Ancient Greek Theatre

Parodos are the side entrances to orchestra, the performing space, in the ancient Greek theatre. It is worth noting that Parodos were the only structural component that maintained the original shape, while others-orchestra, theatron (auditorium), skene (platform stage and multi-functional storage)-experienced gradual or abrupt changes in shape over the years. For that reason, this research

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Ethics and Globalization in the Light of Hinduism

In the world of radical individualism, consumerism and materialism, to understand the ethical responsibility, time is needed. The complexity of modern life has taken the man into ethical dilemmas. This paper attempts to bring out the ethical preaching in the gospels of ‘The Bhagvad Gita’, a religious book of Hindus. Virtuous people live ethically and

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The Monumental Imaginary: Postsocialist Architecture in Chinese Visual Culture In China,

Processes of rapid urbanisation and the unprecedented building frenzy have resulted in the transformation of Chinese cities into construction sites as well as in the permanent loss of vernacular city fabric. This development has engendered an unparalleled modernization and refashioning of cities for visual consumption. In particular international events on Chinese territory have brought forth

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Marginality in Negotiation: Emasculated Identity, Masculinities and Genre in Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Brokeback Mountain”

In his discussion of framing in “The Parergon” and his notion of the supplement, Jacques Derrida theorises a legitimate place and role for marginality, which frames the condition of existence for that which constitutes the centre. With the mission of reinventing and re-examining the specific cultural aesthetics of film genres, which presume a certain transnational

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Who Am I Really? Linguistic and Cultural Practices of Trinidadian Douglas

The peculiar histories of the colonies in the Caribbean brought together people from Europe, Africa and Asia in a common place where they frequently contested political, social and economic space. The mutual hostilities that developed out of these contests for prominence of one kind or another presented identity and loyalty issues for many persons of

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Identity and Values of Malaysian Muslims among Women and Their Metaphors in Fashion (2000-2012)

Identity of the Malays refer to three phases, which are myth, philosophy and functional. The myth reflects the “Malay world”, religion and politics are philosophical and functional reflects the metaphors that visualise identity. Malay when paired with women becomes another 3 identities which are Muslim, Malay and Malaysian. Since Malaysia is a country that clearly

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The Intercultural and Psychophysical Pedagogy of Phillip Zarrilli

Phillip Zarrilli is an acting teacher, based in the United Kingdom, who incorporates the Asian disciplines of kalarippayattu, hatha yoga, and t’ai chi ch’uan in his complex training methodology. His pedagogy would be best labeled as “psychophysical,” based on his intercultural influences and a prevalent understanding in the theatre community of psychophysical performance and pedagogy.

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The Influence of Painting Education on Taiwan Folk Art during Japanese Colonial Period – Taking Landscape Painting of Colored Drawing for Building as Example

In general, Taiwan’s folk art tradition is inherited from the local characteristics in Fujian and Guangdong areas of mainland China. However, after the First Sino-Japanese War in 1895, Japan began colonizing Taiwan, and also gradually reformed the education system, language, habituation, custom and religion that existed in Taiwan since ancient times. Moreover, during this period,

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Health Behaviors of Menopausal Women in Nakhon Ratchasima District,Thailand

The purpose of this study is to explore health behaviors of menopausal women in Nakhon Ratchasima district, Thailand. The subjects of the study consisted of 300 women aged 40 – 59 years living in the Nakhon Ratchasima district. Questionnaires were used to collect the data from October 4, 2010 to February 20, 2011. The research

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Integration between Teaching and Learning Activities and Public Mind of Nursing Students

This project was the integration between teaching and learning activities and public mind of nursing students at Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Nakhonratchasima. The purposes of this descriptive study were to determine the effects of teaching and learning activities for promoting graduated characteristics of nursing students and to evaluate their behavior of public mind after participation

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A Case Study of the Impact on Reading Ability of Students with Learning Disability as Using Multi-Sensory Reading Materials in Elementary Schools of Taiwan

In recent years, Taiwanese students’ performance in an international valuation has declined compared to the previous years. The reason is the lack of reading ability, which leads to the lack of reading comprehension ability, and makes reading one of the hard cores of education in Taiwan nowadays. From the Ministry of Education to local governments

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Enhancing Learning Ability among Deaf Students by Using Photographic Images

Education is one of most important things in human life. Without education we cannot compete and achieve in any area and succeed. The ability of hearing gave us chances to hear voices of our loved ones, our teachers and they help us and speak to us directly. We can hear stories told by others; from

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“And the gem-black night will come…” – Phraseological Expressions in the Songs of “Kojiki” and “Nihon Shoki”

Traditionally scholars consider only a few idioms to be phraseological units of the «Kiki» songs. Giving an exact example this is多迦比迦流比能美古Takahikaru Hi no miko Divine Child of The High-Shining Sun (Kojiki song # 28,47, 72, 100, 101) or夜須美斯志和賀意富岐美Yasumishishi Wa ga o:kimi (Kojiki song # 28, 66, 97, 98, 104) Mighty lord ruling the land in

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The Role of Media in the Deconstruction of the Portuguese Empire In America – The Case of Cipriano Barata

The formation of Brazil as a nation was a tortuous process, whose progress was made during the nineteenth century, particularly in the period from 1808 until 1850. The dates guiding this development are the arrival of the Portuguese royal family to Brazil, due to the Napoleonic wars in Europe, extending to the end of the

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The Study of New Ideas for Sustainable Development of Future Children Television Programs of Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)

The research titled “The study of new ideas for sustainable development of future children television programs of Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)” is an in-depth interview study to get opinions from twelve experts on child development. The research findings are as follows: 1. Six common characteristics that most experts agreed a good children program must

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The Effects of Cross-age Peer Tutoring on English Learning Performance of Taiwanese Elementary School Students

Cross-age peer tutoring is not a new notion but has not yet been extensively used in Taiwan. Therefore, this study aims to investigate the impacts of the cross-age peer tutoring program on the Taiwan EFL English learners’ performance and attitude toward English learning, and further to probe into the feedback from the tutors and tutees

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Botho/Ubuntu: Perspectives of Black Consciousness and Black Theology

Botho or Ubuntu is a philosophy that is as old as humanity itself. In South Africa this is a philosophy and a way of life for black people. It is a call for black people to rally around one another in a communal way. The arrival of colonialists and missionaries in South Africa introduced materialism,

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The Influence and Remaining Japanese Cultural Elements in Raku Artworks of Contemporary Non-Japanese Artists/Potters

This research examines the extent to which Japanese cultural elements – specifically the ‘spirit’ or philosophy of traditional Japanese Raku – are retained and evidenced in contemporary artworks by non-Japanese artists/potters in Australia. It focuses on artists/potters producing creative work during the period 1990 to 2011. Unlike conventional ceramic firing approaches, which may take several

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The Visual Element, Combination and Image Perception of Online Auction Photos of Female Clothing

In this study, female consumers aged 18 to 28 were selected as subjects to investigate the relationship between the presentation of online auction photos of female clothing and the perceptions of female consumers. The purpose of this study was (1) to make an analysis of the presentation of online auction photos of female clothing; (2)

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Splendor of “Songket” in Freeze-Dried Mangosteen (“Garcinia Mangostana L”) Dye

In the past, dyeing Songket with natural dye was the traditional technique used among the Malay dyers in Peninsular Malaysia to express its brilliant colour, natural beauty and aesthetic value of the fabric. The integral processes involved had contributed to the uniqueness of this traditional textile in the Malay culture. However, the activity slowly began

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The Representation of Women Warrior in Zhang Che’s ‘Golden Swallow’

Zhang Che, the late master of Hong Kong action cinema, has been seen as an important industrial player that influenced the landscape of popular cinema in negotiating, redefining and formatting the representation of gender identity since the 1960s. The achievement of Zhang has always been associated with his portrayal of male heroism in action films.

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The Feasibility of Implementing Standard Chinese Characters in Hong Kong

As the outcome of the reform of Chinese characters in China during the 1950s, the system of Standard (Simplified) Chinese characters had established its international status and is one of the official languages of the United Nations. However, the conventional use of Traditional Chinese characters in Hong Kong has never been affected, not even after

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Connectedness, Identity and Alienation and the Japanese 2012 Election

The Japanese 2012 election on December 16th saw the defeat of the centre-right Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), returning the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to power, with its leader Shinzo Abe returning as Prime Minister for a second term. However, the election exposed the extent of voter alienation, the weak sense of party identity,

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Flannery O’Connor in the Filipino Classroom

The Philippines is known as the only English-speaking country in Asia. This reputation makes the country assume to be close to the English-speaking world, most especially the United States. The close cultural and familial ties with the US have perhaps made other people expect that the Filipino culture and society be highly associated with American

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Indonesia’s Cultural Highest Achievement as a Propaganda of the New Order Administration through Pavilion Display at the World Expo 1970 -1993

World Expo is a world-class event where the participating countries uncovered their identity through national, cultural and organizational symbols they possess. For that reason the representation of a nation on the pavilion’s display is of great importance as it offers description on the very existence of the country. Display arrangement is equally significant in a

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Jurisdictional Issues in Cross Border Hacking

Increase in use of cyber technologies and at the same time increasing trends in the related crimes, compelled the scholars to discuss about the respective. During the regulation of the cyber world, one of the major problems, which was witnessed was the clash between the transnational internet and national law(s) because online activities are not

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Tracing the 11th-12th Century’s of Asia’s Connectedness: Learning from Candi Panataran’s Reliefs

“Man is by nature a social animal”, according to Aristotle (384 BC- 322 BC). The history of human civilization is filled with records on when and how the world’s communities or societies were segregated by geography, race, ideas, religion, nationality, cultural characteristics, or by other categories. Yet, mankind always managed to find ways to reconnect,

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Transfer as an Alternative to Direct Drawing in Yoruba Hand Built Pottery

Drawing is a by-product of man’s innate curiosity; its evidence is often traced back to the period early Palaeolithic man exhibits their intuitive skills in sketching both domestic and wild creatures on some reserved cave walls. Their efforts were further promoted and integrated as direct drawings in later designs of visual arts; a practice that

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Adaptation of Thai Traditional Play on the Thai Contemporary Stage: Finding an Identity for Modern Thai Theatre

In Thailand, traditional theatre and modern theatre are categorized separately from each other. While traditional theatre still performs in traditional ways in which dance and music are used as the main elements to tell a story, the term ‘modern theatre’ or Lakhon Wethi Samai Mai refers to theatre that performs in a western style. The

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Social Capital and Human Well-Being: A Southeast Asian Country Perspective

Developing countries in Southeast Asia have suffered from growth without development for a long time. This paper aims to address the contingent nature of public policy on community development. We insist that the effects of public policy depend upon several factors – particularly the various characteristics of the local community. State and market mechanism often

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Intersection of Asian Supernatural Beings in Asian Folk Literature: A Pan-Asian Identity

Asian nations have a rich cultural and literary tradition, through these; we can see the common features that bind these nations. This commonality can be said as the Pan-Asian identity. Folklore, as being mirrored in folk literature, is a rich source of a community’s cultural values. Jansen notes that the other significance of folklore is

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Interpreting Basic Policy Concepts Across Cultural Boundaries

The understanding of basic policy concepts between different contexts is a highly important quest. Since we all live in different surroundings and are subject to different traditions, cultures and history, the vocabulary we use is filtered through different perceptions we hold. Special cases for culturally determined explanations are political concepts. Words such as identity, democracy,

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The Importance and Significance of Heritage Conservation of ex-tin Mining Landscape in Perak, The Abode of Grace

The tin mining industry in Malaysia is one of its major exports and has been classified as its oldest industrial heritage. According to the Malaysian Department of Statistics, the mining sector continues to be significant, supplying basic raw materials to the construction and manufacturing sectors enabling Malaysia’s economic growth. Until the late 1970s, Malaysia was

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Unresolved issues on ASEAN harmonization of laws and regulations and their implications for ASEAN Economic Community

By the end of 2012, ASEAN decided to delay the inauguration of the AEC from January 1 to December 31, 2015. Evidence and studies reveal that the member states have only met 72% of the economic blueprint for integrating ten different markets into a single market. Even though tariff reduction has been implemented since the

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A Study on Traditional Javanese-Malay Kampung Structure, Culture and Community Activities in Kampung Sungai Haji Dorani, Selangor, Malaysia

Rural area in Malaysia is mainly populated by Malays. Malay here is defined as someone who speaks Malay Language, Muslim, living in a Malay lifestyle, born or has a parent who was born in Malay Federation before the independence, or races from Indonesia including Javanese, Acheh and Minangkabau. The aim of this study is to

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Asian Identity: Regional Integration and Collective Memory of the Pacific War in Contemporary Japanese Society

Ever since late 1980’s, concepts of common Asian identity and strengthening intraregional integration have become one the reoccurring themes discussed in the region. Due to un-preceded economic success, Japan seemed as a natural leader. However, rise of China and slow decline of Japanese power have made relations in the region more difficult. Japan is no

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Hastijanti

A study on the traditional costume of the tribal women of the Reang community was conducted in the state of Tripura, India. Tripura, a small state in the North Eastern Region of the country with a population of 31, 91,168, of which 31.05% belonged to the schedule tribe category. The Reang is the second dominant

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How to be a Chinese Woman? Reflections from Chinese Self-help Literature

A number of prominent studies have been conducted regarding the proliferation of self-help literature in American society since the 1960s.  These studies, usually from a feminist perspective, ascribe the genre’s widespread popularity to the growing financial and social independence of women who, as a result, seek to gain greater control over various aspects of their

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Spoonerism: a Creative Way of Communication in Thai

 Spoonerism is a linguistic phenomenon in which corresponding consonants, vowels, or morphemes are switched. In general, spoonerism exists in 2 manners: 1)an error in speech, which is unintentional and rare, 2)a form of word play, which is intentional and more frequent. Spoonerism in Thai, however, does exist and function in 2 more complicated and interesting

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Becoming-other to Belong: Radical Eco-Cosmopolitan Subjectivity in Jeff Noon’s Nymphomation

Critiques of the Industrial Revolution pair it respectively with the twin evils of alienation and the advent of the anthropocene. Such arguments suggest that mechanical and digital technologies alienate individuals from each other and undermine their responsibility towards the future vitality of the places they inhabit. While many environmentalists have proposed a re-emphasis upon the

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Surrogacy on Stage. Theater, Movies and Documentaries about Assisted Reproduction, Kinship and (be)longings

During the last decades, India has become a popular destination for fertility tourism and a growing number of Indian fertility clinics offer treatments and surrogacy services to both Indian and Western customers at prices very competitive to a Western marked. Also artists, theater- and film producers have taken interest in the complex phenomena. This paper

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Debating `Culture´ between Performing Artists and the Goethe-Institut

This presentation deals with contemporary performing art productions as transnational cultural practices realized between artists from Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa and Germany in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut. Therefore the introduction of my presentation is characterized by reflections on the multi-dimensional concept of `culture´ with emphasis on designs of `international cultural relations´ shaped by  theories of

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The Analysis of The Vientiane 450 Years Anniversary Logo : Reflections of Lao’s Culture and Society

  This article is derived from the accumulation of data attained from a field study, content analysis of signs and symbols, culture and historiography. Subsequent to the use of the three methods, all the data are put together, decoded, and interpreted with care. And the Study of the data leads to the conclusion that the

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Ikebana to Contemporary Art: Rosalie Gascoigne

Although Japanese art influenced many Australian artists in 1960s, Rosalie Gascoigne (1917 – 1999) is regarded as one of a few artists for whom Japanese art was “the gateway” to her own art. Gascoigne studied ikebana from 1962 to 1972 but became frustrated with its limitations, and started making assemblage.   This study looks into

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Drugs, Racial Stereotypes, and Suburban Dystopia in Showtime’s “Weeds”

U.S. cable television network Showtime’s Weeds became an instant hit when it debuted in 2005, earning high ratings during its eight seasons. The show is a dark American comedy that centers on a housewife whose husband suddenly died, forcing her to find a new source of income. But instead of finding a “real” job with

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The Multicultural Celebrities or Asia in Warsaw

  The goal of the paper is a multidisciplinary and multicultural analysis and interpretation of the particular aspects of celebrity culture – relations of social actors “known for its well-knownness”. Speaking of celebrities in post-communist countries means speaking of hedonism, narcissism and entertainment as well as cultural and economic power, gender and identity management. Eventually,

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Old Communities, New Buildings: Decoding the Home-imagining Narratives of Taiwan’s Military Communities

After WWII, the Chinese civil war had caused over six hundred thousand military soldiers and their dependents to immigrate to Taiwan, led by the Kuomintang (KMT) government. In order to settle those Chinese soldiers and dependents, the KMT established 886 military communities around the Taiwan island and other off-shore islands. These military communities had become

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Ethnoarchaeology of Ancient Falconry in East Asia

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The Life cycle Rites of the Tatars-krjasheny: Sociocultural Characteristics (the 20th century)

The paper is devoted to the life cycle rites of the Tatars-krjasheny living in the Volga region. These rites are the integral attributes of symbolization for the most important events in daily life of people: birth, reaching of manhood, marriage and death. Necessity of consideration of this theme is caused by two reasons: firstly, analysis

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Cheats, Thieves and ‘the Kids’: Electronic Dance Music and Technological Change

Over the past two decades, electronic dance music (EDM) has shifted away from being primarily a vinyl-based culture due to the adoption of new technologies for production and performance. Whilst enabling new creative possibilities for musicians, these technologies have also disrupted existing norms within EDM culture. Audiences reacted with unease to the initial use of

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Two Waves of Transformation and Construction of Lepcha (Mon) Identity in Sikkim: An Assessment of Intra-Community Divide

Sikkim bears numerous names which reflects the copiousness of ethnic tribes that inhibits it. Lepcha or Mu-tanchi-Rong kup (God’s favorite chosen children) are believed to be the original inhabitant of Mayel Lyang (Sikkim). They have a strong community life, unique culture and distinct identity. The tribesmen were originally animist for whom the holy were their

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Growing with Time: By the Study of the Cultural and Spacial Representation of Three Government-Run Immigrant Villages in Hualien, Taiwan

  In 1909 (the 42nd year of Meiji), Taiwan governor’s office initiated an first immigration project in Central Hualien in Eastern Taiwan by building three government-run agricultural immigrant villages called Yoshino Mura, Toyota Mura and Hayashida Mura. This planning of villages influenced those villages in a great deal. Throughout the course of time, many colonial

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Pessimism about the Jurisgenerative Effects of Human Rights: Ishiguro’s Bleak Cosmopolitan Vision in “Never Let Me Go”

  Kazuo Ishiguro is often seen as an “international writer” of “world literature,” writing for a “global” audience. His novels address cosmopolitan themes of complex belonging in a globalized world, ethical responsibility beyond the ethnos, and universal human dignity. Such concerns loom large in Never Let Me Go (2005), which repeats the hostility to unreflective

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Drawn In

Art, has always been about reflecting and interpreting the world. It also appears that much of today’s output seems directed towards highly individual, so artists seem to demand an intimate, and personal engagement with their art. Drawing has become such perfect platform to accommodate the artists’ personal, intimate and direct experiences of belonging in transcultural

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Jeanette Winterson’s Trans-world and Trans-gender Dystopia

The aim of the paper is to analyse the dystopian apocalyptic vision of both the Western and Eastern civilization in the novel The Stone Gods by contemporary British writer Jeanette Winterson. This postmodern narrative is blending the world’s colonial past with its potentially colonial future, as the mankind is attempting at colonizing a new planet.

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A German Fountain in the Ottoman Capital

The paper is going to focus on “Kaiser Wilhelm Fountain”, or the German Fountain in turkish, as an embodiment of the political landscape of the turn of the century Ottoman-German relations. It will try to understand the Fountain as a german monument in an Ottoman city, away from its origins.   Kaiser Wilhelm Fountain was

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Exploring the Empty Space

   The purpose of my report is to develop theory to support a concept of an Empty space in Fashion design. The idea of the Empty space to serve for creative minds is not new and has been explored in the Far East culture since ancient times. The development and practical applications of the Empty

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ASEAN and the EU: Arts and Culture Festivals as Tools to Promote Regional Identity?

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU) are two of the most studied regional integration processes in the world. For different reasons, they are often regarded as the two most successful too. Over the decades, they have however, chosen very different paths in order to achieve their unique visions of

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Atmospheres of Belonging. The Aesthetic Qualities of the Japanese Installation “wasted” on (in) Fertility and American Videoblogs  (vlogs) about IVF on YouTube

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU) are two of the most studied regional integration processes in the world. For different reasons, they are often regarded as the two most successful too. Over the decades, they have however, chosen very different paths in order to achieve their unique visions of

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The Heritage of Great “Kyai Besali”, A Community Action Plan for Religious Heritage

Kyai Besali is a great Islamic missionaries, in the 18th century. His cemetery is located in the village Tegalsari, next to the East River Keyang, Ponorogo, East Java, Indonesia. There are many housing and new boarding schools around the cemetery . In its development, the cemetery complex suffered severe physical degradation. In fact, almost eliminating some cultural heritage, particularly in the form of the building. Integrated conservation plan is needed to prevent “self-destruction of its own”, and “The destruction caused by New Creation”. Revitalization is needed to make the area not only as a religious place but also become an attractive tourist area. Finally, through a community action plan to raised public participation, so that the

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Tolerated, if Discreet: 1960s Filipino Gays

  Abstract: Today, the gay movement has put male homosexuality into the open. In the 1960s, nations like the Philippines had a gay subculture, but it was hidden. Moreover, studies indicate Filipino gays are relatively tolerated. The two colonizers were homophobic; hence the roots of such tolerance might be of pre-colonial origin, culturally carried over