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The Role of Soft Power Along the Current Silk Road

The Silk Routes have long been a passage for exchange of goods and commodities as well as the exchange of religion and culture. One aspect in the exchange of culture, was the soft power that was generated along with it, which in turn facilitated closer ties between states and/or formed unique bonds between people of

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Exploring the Effect of Pull Factors on Recreational Needs in Heritage Tourism

Attracting travelers and preserving heritage are important issues in heritage tourism because several heritage sites have failed to attract travelers. Past studies found that heritage architecture, art activity, wide nature, regional attractions, recreational benefits, and long-term values were critical considerations in heritage tourism. Specifically, heritage architecture, art activity, wide nature, and regional attractions were pull

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Reading Habits, Feminism and Views About Feminism in India

Culture changes from time to time, both men and women are affected by the cultural change in many ways, women empowerment is an integral part of the same. There are different issues faced by men and women in different countries across the world. And in developing countries like India there are many different perspectives about

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Reflective Practice and Teaching Postgraduate Counselling Students

In the fields of counselling and psychology, reflective practice is a process where we critically analyse our actions with the aim of improving professional practice. Within a counsellor education setting, the current paper reports on counselling skills lecturers’ engagement in reflective practice during the course of one academic semester. Using a reflective practice approach the

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Reading Kenji Miyazawa after 3.11: Region, Utopia, and Resilience

Interpretations of Miyazawa Kenji’s work have gone through several iterations since his death: from virtual obscurity he was recovered as an author of children’s literature and poetry, and, in the postwar, his writing was appreciated for its incorporation of Buddhist themes and Miyazawa himself became synonymous with provincial Japan. After the 3.11 earthquake, tsunami, and

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Facts, Fiction, Propaganda? An Analysis of Chinese Belt and Road Discourses

At the Second Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Forum in Beijing, Xi Jinping described the “new silk road” as a model for international win-win progress through cooperation. Official China claims that the concept is neither “a geopolitical strategy” nor “a China-dominated geo-economic scheme”. A closer look, however, reveals that China’s BRI discourses differ immensely depending

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Forest Shamans: The Sacred Tree and Narratives of the Folk History

This paper examines the oral narratives of female shamans and people involved in their religious practices in modern Japan. Narratives are told and retold, ultimately becoming traditional oral histories that are closely related to local people’s lives. This paper discusses the ways in which such narratives make and can be read as folk history. As

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At the Intersection of Technology and Teaching: The Critical Role of Educators in Implementing Technology Solutions

Educators are critical for the successful implementation of any technology. Acrobatiq by VitalSource can use data to demonstrate the dramatic impact instructors—and their course policies—can have on courseware engagement. Acrobatiq courseware incorporates learning content, formative practice, homework assignments, adaptive practice, and summative assessments into a single learning environment for students, with additional data dashboards for

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Parental Perspectives on Distance Learning during Class Suspension: A Study from the Hong Kong Early Childhood Education Sector

Since the first class suspension, announced in Feb 2020 due to the prevalence of Covid-19, many schools, including all kindergartens, primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions, have redirected their face-to-face learning to online learning to strive for ‘suspending classes without suspending learning’. The physical closure has switched face-to-face learning to learning at home, which has given

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A Maid in the U.S. House: Architecture, Occupied Japan, and Tokyo Joe

This paper aims to shed light on the hitherto understudied relations between Japanese women and architecture in the postwar Hollywood film Tokyo Joe (1949), starring Humphrey Bogart. Set in Japan during the postwar U.S. occupation, the film features a well-equipped dependent housing designated as a “U.S. House” and a nursemaid who works there. In historical

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Design Thinking in AI Systems Design for Engineering Courses

Artificial Intelligence (AI) becomes one of the essential courses that all students should learn regardless their disciplines. In this work, a teaching and learning pedagogy is proposed and implemented to conduct AI’s lesson in engineering course through design thinking. There is no additional course is required in the pedagogy, but the lesson is part of

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Gendered Robots: The Impact of Visual Design on Robots’ Gender Perception

With the rise of gendered innovations, the field of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) has begun to pay more attention to gender issues of robots, especially the effects of gendered robots on Human-Robot Interaction. This study aims to investigate the influence of robots’ visual design on people’s gender perception in robots by using Kansai engineering methods. A

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Existential Mobility, Nostalgia and Narration: Unwrapping a family journal’s account on escape from Japanese air raids in Burma in the years 1941-1942

“The 20th century even more than any age before is the age of the refugee” and simultaneously works on migration seem incomplete without looking into the migrant experiences. In fact, to study migration more holistically would mean to study objective analysis of migration along with lived experience of the migrants, which is made possible through

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The Topsy-Turvy World of the University Classroom

This paper will review how the Global Pandemic starting in 2020 has affected classes at a typical Japanese university. Initially, the university students at an all women’s college were considered to be passive and not willing to take risks. However, as the instructor was forced to switch from face-to-face to online classes using the university’s

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Strategies of Integration: Challenges and Possibilities in the Online Teaching of Music During the Pandemic

The pandemic crisis has ushered a new era in the teaching of music. The suddenness of the crisis and the transfer of teaching to an online setting brusquely undermined the conviction that online pedagogies were to be transient and purely instrumental to the learning environment of the classroom. “Classrooms,” indicated a music teacher, “is where

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International Circulation of Newspaper Novels: British Empire, Japan, and the Yubin Hochi Shimbun

Japanese newspaper novels emerged as a genre in the latter half of the 19th century. In 1886, the Yubin Hochi Shimbun (YHS), a hitherto primarily political newspaper, declared that it would print novels in order to internationalize its readers. The editor Morita Shiken had visited Europe and America to learn how to run and edit

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Cultural Formation of the Expo in Japan: The Case of Producer Shinya Izumi

The Japan World Exposition Osaka 1970 was the first Expo to be held in Japan and in Asia. The planners of the Osaka Expo not only struggled to express the uniqueness of the first expo in Asia, but also revised and reinterpreted its significance and format so that it would be accepted by Japanese society.

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Do You Believe In Magic? Exploring the Cultural Boundaries of Magical Thinking

Magical thinking has been a topic of interest in the social sciences (Muchow, 1928; Piaget, 1969; Berenbaum, Boden, and Baker, 2009). Meehl (1964) asserted that magical thinking relates to a “belief, quasi-belief, or semi serious entertainment of the possibility that events which, according to the casual concepts of this culture, cannot have casual relation with

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Impact of Advergames on Brand Outcomes among Saudi Players

Advergames present a unique, yet effective way of advertising owing to the high level of players’ engagement with online games. This preliminary study sought to explore the impact of advergames on brand outcomes among Saudi players. This research has capitalized the flow theory to examine this phenomenon in Saudi consumers. A questionnaire was formulated for

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Reinventing the Cross Culture of Paddy in Indonesia

The cross-culture of rice is interesting to revisit. After nearly twenty centuries, a clear historiography of West Java’s Indonesia rice culture history is needed. This study aims to reinventing the cross-cultural dynamics of rice in Indonesia by taking a case study in West Java province from the inception of records on rice cultivation in Indonesia

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Peace Comes About in Your Honour’: The Arts, Migration and Reconciliation

This presentation illustrates how a multimodal and transdisciplinary project brings together dance, music, poetry and historical and natural settings, with the ultimate aim of raising awareness about issues of migration. The mixing of Maltese poetry translated into English, with corporeal gestures and movements allows the interpreter of the work to experience and embody social, historical,

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Identity of the ǂKhomani San as Authentic Bushman in the 21st Century: An Ethnographic Study

The small indigenous community of the ǂKhomani San Bushmen in the Southern Kalahari Desert of South Africa are grappling to maintain their identity in the 21st century. Being authentic Bushman comes with a huge number of challenges for this indigenous community in retaining their cultural links to the land and their San heritage. Their authenticity

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Maximising Student Engagement in Online and Blended Learning: A Survey of Learner Preferences

Blended learning is the integration of classroom face-to-face (F2F) learning with online learning experiences to engage students in a flexible learning framework. F2F lecturing is generally described as being more engaging. However, the incorporation of online resources gives students choice and flexibility in how they approach their studies, and can offer an additional tool to

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Learner Autonomy and Self-regulated Learning: The Case of University – Level French as a Foreign Language (FFL) Students

French as a foreign language (FFL) is the second most popular international language in Ghana after English, but very few Ghanaians speak French, even though it is a core subject in elementary school and an elective subject in high schools. While the general aim of most language learners remains the development of communication competence, we

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Transnational University Collaborations Through the Lenses of Content and Social Network Analyses

In the age of COVID-19 and a global pandemic, international collaborations have become as important as ever to solve complex societal challenges of which universities play important roles. In fact, transnational university collaborations beyond institutional walls extend knowledge and resources to drive innovative change for large-scale economic and social progress that would not be possible

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The Academic-Industrial Program of Southeast Asian Students in Taiwan

Since 2016’s “New Southbound Policy” has developed in Taiwan, there are more and more Southeast Asian Students coming to Taiwan for study. From 2016 to 2020, their number had risen to over 30,000 students, posting an increase of 85 per cent in five years. Those students’ language learning, life adjustment and practical training on campus

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Embodied Interaction in Language Learning Materials: A Multimodal Analysis

The purpose of this research is to explore the potential of English-language learning materials as a source of multimodal communicative representation. In particular, this study examines the animated cartoon videos that supplement the text-based dialogues for how kinesics is made relevant in the moving images to enhance the communicative capacity of the English-language textbooks used

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Parental Involvement in Early Childhood Education in Lao PDR: Case of Vientiane Province

In the past decade, significant and measurable progress in Early Childhood Development (ECD) has been accomplished in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), but it continues to be behind the average development level of the world. Given this evidence, this case study on parental involvement in ECD attempts to examine the extent of parental involvement

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Distance Education in Hong Kong Preschools: Learning and Teaching During COVID-19 School Closures

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to widespread change in people’s lives across the world. Indeed, such change is especially evident in the education sector, where this global phenomenon has arguably triggered some of history’s most significant advancements. In this study, we explore how the early childhood education sector in Hong Kong has

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Landscape Compositions and Behaviors in Urban Parks: Evidence from Social Media

Since entering the Web2.0 era, human social interaction behaviors and information exchange modes have become more diverse and efficient with the advancement of Internet technology. Social media users act as receivers and providers of information at the same time, sharing images, videos, audio, geographic locations and other diverse information, forming a huge amount of data

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Awareness and Behavior of Students in Higher Education Towards E-waste

Electronic wastes and their management have been a global challenge because of their environmental effect and threat to human health from manufacturing and production (which may require extensive mining) to disposal (chemical hazard) from its components. This paper aims to assess the awareness and behavior of students from higher education towards their e-wastes. The research

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Measuring Growing Heritage Ability in the City Competitive Advantage – A Case Study of Pekalongan Creative City, Indonesia

Measuring the resilience of heritage is related to the value that is often difficult to measure. The tangible side of heritage is often considered unattractive, dull, and challenging to use, and it needs to be built to be able to adjust to the development of the times. On the other hand, the intangible value of

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Gross Domestic Product and Gross Domestic Happiness: A Review of Asian Economic Development Models

Comparative analysis of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Gross Domestic Happiness (GDH) is a strategic approach towards adding value to international economic modeling. This paper is an innovation in economic thought and will discuss the concept of Gross Domestic Product and gross domestic happiness. It will present and analyze Flying Geese Model (FGM) of Asian

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The Relationship Between Intercultural Communication Competence and Perceived Challenge and Its Effect on Perceived Success of International Students in Japan

The number of international students in Japanese higher education institutions (HEIs) has increased significantly in recent years. Aside from Japanese-medium instruction (JMI), English-medium instruction (EMI) has been introduced to the country’s HEIs to attract more diverse student groups. Intercultural communication competence (ICC) plays an essential role in improving the on-campus experiences of international students. This

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Indonesia’s Digital Native Perception of the Concept of ‘Privacy’

This study focuses on describing Indonesia’s Digital Native Perception of the Concept of ‘Privacy’ concept in social media. The significance of this research is the case violations’ high number of internet users’ privacy, which have a serious impact on the aspects of security. It is chosen the digital native age group as the subject of

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Turkish Dramas and Saudi Female Perceptions of Socio-cultural Values

In the 2000s Turkish drama series began airing in Saudi Arabia and other countries outside Turkey. Perhaps unexpectedly they have proven exceptionally attractive to global audiences. Typically, these dramas define and present female characters who can be considered liberal in terms of their adherence to traditional cultural values. To date, despite the growing popularity of

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Digital Cultural Communication: Vietnamese Cultural Professionals’ Use of Facebook During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Developments in digital technologies are having an impact on the work practices of cultural professionals. Digital technologies today afford cultural professionals with new ways of exhibiting art and culture. The digital platforms of galleries and museums, including websites and social media accounts, have become curated spaces with multi-media, interactive content and large amounts of digitized

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“The Elderly” Should Disappear: Not the People, but the Ageist Term

Older people too often experience negative attitudes or behaviours towards them based on their age. Research shows people who are labelled ‘the elderly’ experience a host of negative stereotypes applied by the ‘non-elderly’. The objective of this research was to understand how stereotypes of ‘the elderly’ are portrayed in online new media. Within New Zealand,

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Opportunities and Challenges of Korean Politics With B-class Culture: A Case Study of Pengsoo’s Political News

For a long time, politics and popular culture have been intertwined and inseparable. In America, this connection has reached an unprecedented height in the Trump era. For this reason, press and social media seized the interest of the audience and published a large amount of content that combined politics and popular culture during the US

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Factors Influencing Job Satisfaction and Willingness to Continue Working of Nursing Staff in Japan

Japan faces a severe shortage of nurses and caregivers who take care of support needed elderlies. The purpose of this study is to examine the job satisfaction and the willingness to continue working of nursing staffs who are working for elderlies in different types of nursing care services in Akita where the highest aging rate

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Resilience during Crisis: Rising above the Challenges Faced in Academic Writing Classes after the Abrupt Shift to Online Education

Given the uncertainty of how long the COVID-19 Pandemic and the enforced changes it brought about will last, listening to our students’ voices on this unique experience is crucial. We may learn more about our students’ and our own adaptability from how we responded to this global crisis. Based on this rationale, the present study

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Covert Prejudice and Discourses on Otherness During the Refugee Crisis: Α Case Study of the Greek Islands’ Press

The present paper presents a discursive analysis of the recurrent repertoires of covert prejudice in the regional press of three Greek islands (Lesvos, Chios, Samos) during the refugee crisis period. Between 2015 and 2016, these islands played a central role as first-line receiving communities for the large numbers of refugees and migrants who arrived in

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A Critical Analysis of Prevention Science Framework: An Examination of Student Discipline Programs

Intervention programs have been mostly the focus of many organizations in facilitating behavioral improvements. Given that mostly one of the goals of the academe is the formation of particular universal values we collectively affirm, this paper zooms into the existing programs that aim to address, on the prevention side, student discipline issues in the university.

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Being an International Student in Japan 2020-2021: Impact on Their Career Prospects

Under the coronavirus pandemic, its impact on student life and teaching styles have often been discussed worldwide inside and outside the education industry. However, in Japan, while its impact on economic relations of Japan with Asian countries has often been analyzed and discussed, its impact on Asian students in Japan and their career prospects have

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Remote Teaching of the Arts in a Time of COVID-19

COVID-19 pandemic resulted in educators making a sudden shift to a largely online modality in teaching. For educators used to studio teaching, this change could be radical in terms of teaching approaches. Arts-based pedagogies tend to be studio-based and experiential. The presentation discusses the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on art and music pedagogies in a

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Processes of Empathy and Othering: Towards a New Approach to Teaching Literature and Ethics

There is a common belief in society that reading literature makes us better people. Empathy – the ability to enter into another’s point-of-view – often plays a significant role in this conviction, offering, in the words of Suzanne Keen, an almost magical guarantee of literature’s value in society and education (Empathy and the Novel 2007).

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Demographic Variations of Multiple Sclerosis Patients Between Britain and Kuwait

Introduction Multiple Sclerosis (MS) has been described to result in debilitating symptom of the disease. The aim of this study was to compare the effects of MS on patients from Britain and Kuwait. Methodology A questionnaire was distributed to 200 individuals with MS (100 Kuwaiti, and 100 British). The questionnaire consists of three parts; General

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Study on the Usage Environment of Online Games Based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Online games enrich children’s daily lives by providing places to interact with each other and fun. On the other hand, the negative aspects are also pointed out such as long-time gaming, health effects, privacy, and security issues. In light of these circumstances, UNICEF published a report “Child Rights and Online Gaming” in 2019, which states

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Stories and Experiences in the Time of Pandemic: Online Conversations of Filipino Student Affairs and Services Practitioners

The implementation of the enhanced community quarantine as preventive measure in the widespread of the COVID-19 pandemic has halted the face-to-face delivery of classes in Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) in the Philippines. Many of the institutions have resorted to continue the learning process in online platforms. Because of this, the student affairs and services (SAS)

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Won Kee: A Historico-Biographical Study of Creativity, Inter-Cultural Intervention, and Discrimination in a Nineteenth-Century Goldmining Setting in Aotearoa New Zealand

During the latter part of the nineteenth-century gold-mining era in Central Otago, New Zealand, Won Key was a well-known Chinese merchant living in Cromwell. His activities centred on offering a base for supplying Chinese miners, yet at the same time he provided a link between the disparate cultures that made up this migrant setting. While

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Vocal Aesthetics and the Construction of the “Feminine” in Post-independence Hindi Cinema

Indian cinema is deeply connected to India’s identity, with cinematic themes and narratives influencing and reflecting cultural behaviors and expectations. After its Independence in 1947, India entered a nation-building phase, and films placed the nation, society, and family (including romance and marriage) at the center of its narratives. Indian construction of femininity was based on

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Fan So and Early Chinese Musicians in Aotearoa New Zealand: Musical Creativity in an Era of Colonialism, Migration and Discrimination

After warning John McLean of a plot on his life in order to steal his gold, Chinese goldminer, Fan So, became a faithful servant and travelled with him from the Australian goldfields to Aotearoa New Zealand around the middle of the nineteenth century. While McLean became an important and recognised figure in New Zealand, little

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A Qualitative Study on the Style of Art Teaching Instruction for Improving Creativity: The Perspectives from Chinese Elementary School

Teachers’ instruction styles are significant to educate students on improving creativity, especially in an early educational stage (i.e., the elementary school). In this study, a survey was conducted to investigate the types of instruction employed in Chinese elementary schools’ art classes to train students’ creativity. In a primary school with complete educational resources located in

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Family Members as Informal Carers in Old Age Care Policy: Preliminary Observations from a Critical Discourse Analysis

As a model of care for older adults, ‘Ageing in Place’ emphasizes enabling older adults to continue to live in their familiar environment for as long as possible and is central to policy on elderly services in Hong Kong. Increasingly, older adults are seen to be service users who determine their care priorities. This entails

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Gender Differences in Relationships Among Conscious and Unconscious Cognition of Culpability of Bullying Victims and Accepting Attitudes Toward Bullying

Examining the validity of the Implicit Association Test for assessing unconscious cognition of culpability of bullying victims, including the idea that bullying victims are also responsible for being bullied (Hori et al., 2020a), indicated significant gender differences in the subscale scores of the scale for measuring accepting attitudes toward bullying (Shinto & Saito, 2001). However,

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Conflict Resolution Styles and Marital Satisfaction in Men and Women: Study in the First Five Years of Marriage

Men and women have differences in conflict resolution styles that tend to be used to resolve their marital conflicts, affecting their marital satisfaction. This study was conducted to examine whether there was a significant effect of conflict resolution styles on marital satisfaction in men and women in the first five years of marriage, and also

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An Exploratory Study on Workers’ Characteristics Affecting the Use of Different Acting Strategies in Emotional Labor

There are two acting strategies in emotional labor: surface acting and deep acting. Previous studies have shown that surface acting has negative effects, such as depression, burnout, and increased turnover of workers. For deep acting, the findings are inconsistent with both positive and negative effects being reported. In addition, these acting strategies are thought to

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Design Thinking Applied to Advertising Design Courses to Enhance Students’ Learning Achievement

At the time when technology is booming, the definition of advertising is no longer advertised through traditional mass media, but a trend that everything is advertising. Advertising design is not just about creating beautiful and emotional content. It must be customer-centric to make consumers feel that advertising is meaningful and worthy of action. In Taiwan,

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The Law School Experience: Adopting Regulation Strategies

Law school is the training ground for all future lawyers. While the law profession can be a compelling career opportunity, developing the necessary skills required for the profession can be tough a tough journey, and can be overwhelming. Experience of psychological distress among law students is evident in various research studies. The aim of this

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Gender Differences in the Effects of Expectancies for Hypnotic State on Attitude Towards Hypnosis

Significant but weak positive correlations between expectancies for the hypnotic state and attitude towards hypnosis (Nakatani et al., 2021a) are reported in women. Fukui (2012a, b) analyzed gender as a control variable and found the moderating effects of interpersonal dependency or empathy in the effects of expectancies for the hypnotic state on attitude towards hypnosis.

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The Construction of Self-Awareness Efficiency Scale for Helping Professionals

In the helping profession, having good self-awareness can effectively improve the working efficiency while helping others. The purpose of the study is to provide a better understanding by constructing a “Self-Awareness Efficiency Scale for Helping Professionals (SAES)”. The research is divided into four stages. The first stage is “qualitative interview” stage. The researcher invited six

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Elements of Cooperation Necessary to Foster Safety Culture in Nursing Facilities from a Nursing Perspective

In Japan’s aging society, many elderly people with dysfunction are moved to nursing facilities after being discharged. These facilities allow the elderly to recuperate while continuing to receive medical treatment. Accidents at nursing facilities, such as falls, may result in readmission and lower quality of life. Therefore, ensuring safety at nursing facilities that support life

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Japanese University Students’ Intention to Seek Help From Psychological Professionals Compared to Family Members and Friends

There was no national certification for psychologists in Japan until recently. However, nearly 30,000 licensed psychologists have registered since the Licensed Psychologists Law was promulgated in 2015. Nevertheless, it remains challenging to consult a psychologist, possibly because psychologists lack recognition as consultants, despite societies’ recognition of the need for their services. We compared the intention

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Envisioning a Healthier Build Environment for Elderly People with Dementia in Denmark – A Conservatory for People and Plants

Recent scientific research has shown how exposure to daylight, clean air and continual contact with greenery, natural elements and habitats are crucial factors for human well-being (e.g. Gonzalez & Kirkevold, 2014; Detweiler et al, 2012). In the wake of these findings, it is highly important to improve access to facilities that enable and promote these

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Record and Reflection: COVID-19 Pandemic Documentary in Japan, China and Korea

Documentary has always been used to characterize nature, history, and social reality. As a medium text with the spirit of realism and authenticity, it diverts our attention to the world in which we live. During the epidemic, Japan, China, and South Korea each produced documentaries on the theme of the epidemic. This paper focused on

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The Modulation of Cultural Priming on the Self-Bias Effects in Perceptual Matching

Recent research has discovered a bias towards the processing of self-relevant information in perceptual matching tasks. Judgments for self-associated stimuli are processed faster and more accurately than judgements for friend or stranger associated stimuli. It is also well known that priming of independent or interdependent self-construals successfully modulate self-biases in high-level tasks such as self-referential

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Bullying Victimization, Self-compassion, and Depressive Mood as Predictors for Resilience in Thai Junior High School Students

Past empirical findings suggested the significance of resilience in adolescents. Those with a higher level of resilience coped better when encountering negative life events and were less vulnerable to mental health problems. Hence, this study aimed to identify psychological variables associated with and predictive of resilience in Thai adolescents. These variables were divided into those

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Impact on Short-term Mood by Two Factors of Browsing “Kawaii” Objects and Linguistic Communications

It is a general behavior for people who have similar tastes to share their feelings about an object related to “kawaii” and to communicate linguistically. It seems that communication by utterance of “kawaii” has a positive effect on short-term mood by the action of relieving psychological stress, and it improves the adaptability of human relationships.

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The Process of Overcoming Difficulties and Gaining Happiness by Realistic Optimists – Relationship between Well-Being and Realistic Optimism

Objective: This study examines how the people with realistic optimistic view overcome difficulties and obtain well-being and also examine how they perceive well-being. Method: Initially a questionnaire survey was conducted on 17 correspondence students aged above 60 using realistic optimism scale. 8 participants who scored high in the questionnaire survey were chosen for the interview.

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Expression in Ethnic Architecture of Hohhot

Public buildings are an important part of urban cultural material. Behind the image of public buildings created by means of architectural symbols, there are the grand representations of the city image and even the national image, which is particularly obvious in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region; although the architectural image created by national symbols have

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Distinction Between “Being or Not”-The Uninhabited Space in a Super Populous Country

China has the largest population in the world, so it’s common and reasonable to see people everywhere. However, since 1980s, places in China have been in a dynamic state switching between “with people” and “without people”. “Places without people” have gradually become places that cannot be ignored. On the macro level, due to the rapid

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Quantitative Study on the Street Interface Form of Beijing Historical District — Taking Dashilar as an Example

Streets are not only the skeleton of a city, but also the label of the quality of a city’s public space. Taking Dashilar, a historical district in Beijing, as the research object, this paper makes a quantitative study on the interface shape of Dashilar pedestrian street from three levels and 12 indicators. From the urban

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Cultural Differences in Creativity Mindset, Passion Towards Smartphone Use, and Well-being

This study aimed to investigate the cultural differences on creative mindset, passion towards smartphone use and well-being, as well as the relationships between these variables among college students in Taiwan and Australia. Participants were 136 college students from Taiwan and 135 from Australia. The employed instruments included Creativity Mindset Inventory (CMI), Inventory of Passion towards

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Gammified Tools in the Development of Communicative Production in Remote EFL Learning

One of the most critical challenges of Foreign Language teaching is developing students’ oral communicative competences, enhancing productive skills, and expressing thoughts in another language. This teaching process requires using different resources to acquire cognitive experiences that promote meaningful learning. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers emphasized virtual learning environments (VLE) and other digital resources

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The Effects of Smartphone-based Interventions on Changes of Creativity Mindset, Passion Toward Smart Phones, and Self-efficacy of Creativity

This study aimed to examine a smartphone-based intervention effect on changes of passion in smartphone use, growth creativity mindset, fixed creativity mindset, and self-efficacy. Participants were 84 college students. The employed instruments included Inventory of Passion towards Smart Phones (IPSP), Creativity Mindset Inventory (CMI), and Inventory of Self-Efficacy in Creativity. The IPSP included four types

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Building Resilience and Connection during the Pandemic: Using Trauma-Informed Pedagogy in the Teaching of Chinese and Italian Cultures Through Noodles

The experience of trauma, both national and personal, may inhibit learning and decrease learner motivation. As the pandemic raged globally, professors investigated new pedagogies in order to interact effectively with students in an unpredictable world. Our students had experienced a myriad of hardship, isolation, uncertainty, and fear by the time they enrolled in our summer

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European Master Active Ageing and Age-friendly Environment (EMMA)

This poster presentation focuses on the Erasmus+ Project EMMA (European Master Active Ageing and Age-friendly Environment) which runs from September 2020 to August 2023 consisting of six higher education institutions from Austria, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Slovenia. The aim of the project is to develop a 100% online, transdisciplinary and transnational joint degree which

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Research Self-Efficacy of Adult Learners After Philippines’ K to 12

Baseline data to describe the ability of adult learners in research is indispensable for a successful curriculum evaluation. The idea that research is indispensable in nation-building is an ideology that all nations would agree with. To build a nation is to build the next generation and identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the next generation

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Philosophy of India-Dravidology

Sankhya principles, dominate the Indian thinking all along. It is seen in Buddha’s teachings, Upanishads and Bhavadgita. Kapila, the author of Sankhya is a Tamil scholar in the Sangam age. Asura is a word denoting the Dravidians. While discussing the views of all commentators in his book, Larson did not discuss this aspect. Brahmins divided

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Unveiling the landscape of New Chinese migrant in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai

Current migratory flows from China are increasing worldwide, particularly, throughout BRI routes. Migrants from China, south country, to other south countries represent a global transforming political economy in many dimensions. This article aims to illustrate the settlement perspectives on transborder mobility among new Chinese migrants in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The finding draws on research results

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Work-related learning amongst Economically Marginalized Youth in Singapore

Opportunities for work-related learning are now seen as essential for young people to gain the practical experience so they can successfully transition from education to work. Research has shown that class advantaged youth engage in “experience-based” work while they are studying. These may be volunteer or very poorly paid positions but provide experiences which enhance

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Role of Learners’ Subjective Difficulty Rating Toward a System for Practicing English-Speaking

This preliminary study on how to develop a system for English-speaking practices explores the role a subjective difficulty rating should play in such a system, using a questionnaire and a level-based vocabulary list. By selecting 75 English verbs from the five difficulty levels in the list, 72 Japanese university students rated the difficulty of answering

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Rebuild Resilience: Film Communication Within East Asia in the Pre-pandemic, Pandemic, and Post-pandemic Era

The increasing in-depth cooperation of the film industry among Japan China and South Korea has accelerated the integration of film cultures among the three countries. The global epidemic in 2020 not only has an impact on the film industry in every country, but also has a great impact on film exchanges among the countries. The

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Adaptation of COVID-19-related Loanwords into Japanese

In recent years, the quantity of loanwords that have been adapted from foreign languages has increased as globalization advanced. Among this process, assimilation and extinction of the words are natural phenomena that have been observed in the past and in the present. The changes produced by these process sometimes cause communication gaps among people due

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Measuring Articulatory Distance for Consonants Towards a Learner-language-sensitive Pronunciation Training Tool Development

This study introduces the theoretical basis for the articulatory distance in foreign language learning context, which serves to find the efficient and optimal path to correctly pronounce the consonants of the target language in a learner-language-sensitive way, i.e. taking into account the operational difficulties for different learners who already have their own specific phonological system.

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Patriarchal Misconceptions? Resilient Womanhood in Japanese Television Dramas

Some Japanese television drama genres have been broadcasted continuously since the 1960s. They have been regarded as crafters of national identity that have long depicted the ideal Japanese lifestyle, imbued with normative concepts of femininity and masculinity. However, the golden age of Japanese dramas arrived in the 1990s with the so-called ‘trendy dramas’, love stories

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Evaluating Year One University English Course Material in Taiwan

Language textbooks play a major role in language teaching and learning, providing a structured approach to teaching and learning (Tomlinson, 2012). In particular, the vocabulary employed in textbooks provides the foundation for successful communication and serve as the core of language proficiency (Nation, 2001). The purpose of this study is to evaluate an in-house developed

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The Lived Experiences of Indonesian Caregivers in Caring for Older Adult Stroke Survivors in Taiwan: A Phenomenological Study

Background: Changing social and economic structures of an aging society have resulted in the growing demand for foreign caregivers (‘paid migrant workers who provide in-home help to aging adults) among families in many developed countries, including Taiwan. However, less documented and understood is how these caregivers perceive their roles and responsibilities. This study aimed to

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REVAMP: Transforming Technology-enhanced Education to Cater for Learners’ Dispositions

The integration of technology into an education system is a precarious affair that prompts educators and policy-makers to refer to various technology implementation guidelines including but not limited to Technology Acceptance Models, Gilly Salmon’s 5 Stage model, Puentedura’s SAMR model, or Koehler’s TPCK model; to name a few. The integration of technology involves the aspects

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The Influence of Comma- and Period-pause Duration on the Listener’s Impression of Speeches Made in Mandarin Chinese

The influence of pause duration at commas and periods on listeners’ impressions of speeches made in Mandarin Chinese was investigated. Spoken excerpts of speeches from textbooks were presented to native Chinese listeners (n=20). In the first experiment, the pause durations of both commas and periods in the speeches were manipulated together, in 8 steps from

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If You Know What I Mean: Rendering the Causative in Japanese and Croatian

One of the things expressions “make” and “let” have in common is that they can be used to express causative meaning in a sentence. Some languages show causative markedness more clearly than the others – for example, the Japanese causative marker -sase undeniably signals the causative nature of a sentence. Other languages, such as for

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Flooding of Lust – A Review of “Norweigian Wood”

In the story, the young people may love two different persons at the same time. This can be seen as their feeling of lost in growing. The lust that belongs to puberty had caused the young men and young women to be addicted to sensuality. On one hand, physiological reactions compelled them to love a

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Behind the Animal Names: The Wild being Category (獸部) and the Animals in Wuti qingwen jian五體清文鑒

Sunja hacin i hergen kamciha manju gisun i buleku bithe or Wuti qingwen jian 《五體清文鑒》(The five language compendium or The Pentaglot Dictionary) reflects the Manchu-deployed comprehensive cognition of the Qing world up to, also beyond, this dictionary’s completion in 1794. Chapter 31 of the Dictionary, Shoubu 兽部 or “Section for wild animals” delivers the Qing-time

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A Tale of Difference and Resilience in Amitav Ghosh’s Gun Island

Human society, locally or globally, is characterized not only by its diversity but also by interdependence which accords harmony among people even within a varied global context. For instance, in the time of COVID-19, we saw people dealing with the pandemic by extending physical, mental, and logistic support, transcending the demarcated lines of religion, nation,

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From Jungles and Rivers: Animals in Malaysian Indigenous Literature in English

Recent developments in the local literary arts scene have seen the emergence of publications on folktales and fables of Malaysian indigenous people in English. Central to these publications is the presence of animals, whether as symbols, voices, or characters. Nonetheless, critical reaction to this presence has been sparse at best. As animals are paradoxically recognised

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Pedagogical Conferences Between 1882-1908: The Urge for Collaboration Amidst Educational Difficulties

This research shows how the Spanish Pedagogical Conferences between 1882 and 1908 influenced the promotion of innovative teaching at that time. Pedagogical Conferences were the only forum through which both rural and urban schoolteachers were able to implement new educational ideas. Books were not available, so at that time schoolteachers would write their own textbooks

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Beyond the Difference: Ecofeminism in Angela Carter’s “The Tiger’s Bride”

This paper focuses on the human-animal divide by analyzing the transformation of the female protagonist into a nonhuman animal within Angela Carter’s short fiction “The Tiger’s Bride,” which portrays the restrictions created by a dominant, patriarchal society that separates the body, the mind, and the natural world. These then turn out to be boundaries which

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Spiritual Cannibalism: The Ethics of the Eucharist

Common sense dictates that cannibalism – the act of eating another person – is immoral whether because of the harm done to the other person or a violation of human sanctity. The Eucharist has been interpreted in many Christian traditions as the actual flesh and blood of Jesus. On its face, it would seem that

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The Search for Precedents of Metaphysical Mercy in the Theology of Ibn ‘Arabi

Ibn Sina (d. 1037) is perhaps the most important philosopher of the pre-modern era. Among his many contributions, the proof for the existence of the Necessary Existent stands out. Ibn Sina proceeds to extract each of God’s attributes (sifat) from His necessary existence. Although his ideas met with resistance in some quarters, they found a

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A Brief History of the Chinese Interior During the Early Imperial Times (221 BC-589 AD)

This article explores and examines the Chinese interior during the imperial times in a sequential order, that is, the portrayal of various interior styles from the Qin to the Northern and Southern dynasties (221 BC-1912 AD). It focuses on the process of how the Chinese perceived, constructed, and maintained their inner space through dynastic succession.