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A Case Study of How Content-Based Instruction Course in English Changed Perspectives and Attitudes of University Students in Japan

In Japan as well as many other foreign countries, English is the most common foreign language and most commonly taught as a second language in Language-based instruction (LBI) at collegiate level. Nonetheless, it is known to be an effective language teaching method to teach subject matters and contents as Content-based Instruction (CBI) in English to


Spelling Variations of Standard Arabic Loanwords in Indonesian and Malay

Arabic is one of the most influential languages on the development of Indonesian and Malay. However, the Arabic language has linguistic characteristics which are much different from the Indonesian and Malay which require many adjustments. Pronunciation adjustments follow the rules of articulation, while the written forms require orthography adjustments in this case with regard to


Marguerite Yourcenar: Japan, And the Cult of the Aging Body

Marguerite Yourcenar’s reputation was built on philologically founded novels on heroes of the Western thought, such as the emperor Hadrian in “Mémories d’Hadrien” and the partly invented figure of Zénon Ligre in “L’oeuvre au noir.” Less known was her interest in Japanese culture, one that far from being limited to her late travels, Yourcenar cultivated


Poetry in Geometry

Today some contemporary artists are trying to bring back the ancient images, because they feel that they were much closer to nature than the art of the industrial age. Certain Neolithic forms have been noticeable for a long time and they had great meaning for the ancient cultures. The centric circle, the spiral, the meander,


A Manual for Living: How to Live Properly Using the Humanities

The Humanities seems to be constantly in a crisis for survival, as seen in the periodic needs of university departments and schools to justify their existence and explain their curriculum for their worth. Worth, in this age, tends to be measured by quantitative criteria such as percentage of graduates getting a job, the salary level


“We Ought to Take…Our Bearings:” The Topographies of Georges Perec

Contemporary French writer Georges Perec compiled “Species of Spaces” in the study of his flat at 18, Rue de l’Assomption, in Paris. Spatial concepts are integral to Perec’s work, which centers on the construction of topographies: as a pedestrian, that of the city in “A Tentative Depiction of Parisian Places,” a memory project using an


A Semiotic Analysis of Solo Basahan As a Traditional Javanese Clothes

In this century, the globalization is the common phenomena that can open the chance to influence the tradition and culture in some areas. The culture and its products like clothes will be easily replaced by the modern one. It already happens on Javanese traditional clothes called Solo Basahan, as we know that it contains the


The Body of Women As Property in “Uang Panai” Movie

Every places, specially in Indonesia, have their own ritual in order to propose the marriage to the woman. As one of the most famous phenomenon in Indonesia, Uang Panai as Bugis-Makassar tradition is referring to the money which provided by the man who will marry the woman in South Sulawesi. Further, this phenomenon is always


The Future of Humanities in Asia: An American Doctoral Student in Seoul on Challenging the Hegemony of the Anglo-American Institution

If we agree that the human is what is central to the humanities, not only semantically but also philosophically, then there is no reason why the humanities cannot be recentered and recovered in Asia. Perhaps they should be, since here in Asia, the humanities may also serve as a site of resistance against utilitarianism in


Topographies of Memory and History: Japan in the Films of Chris Marker

The sense of disorientation experienced by the memory crises of global technological modernity isoften described in spatial language. The French term depaysement captures this comminglingof categories of time and space literally: out of country-ness. This is the condition of vertigo activelyconstructed in the seminal films of Chris Marker, whose travelogues, or auto-ethnographies, employa range of