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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

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The Influence of Cultural Aspects on Risk Communication in the Context of Indonesia

The study in this paper seeks to examine the influence of culture of a society on communicating risk knowledge whether it is related to, for example, social, political, or economic issues. In the context of this paper Indonesian culture will be taken as an example of investigation as this country comprises various customs and traditions

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Educative Approach to the Functions of the Thumb in Piano Playing

In this paper, the efficient use and the misuse of the thumb in piano playing have been investigated by examining appropriate and inappropriate positions of the thumb on the keyboard and analyzing the effects of the positions on the other digits, based on biomechanical aspects and physical dynamics of the piano technique. The appropriate position

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On the Edge and in between: The Predicaments of Taiwanese Subjectivity Reflected by “Cape No. 7” and Its Aftermath

  This paper discusses the formation of Taiwanese subjectivity and its postcolonial predicaments through an analysis of Cape No. 7, a 2008 romantic comedy set in modern Taiwan with remnants of its colonial Japanese past. Many would agree that Cape No. 7 is something of a social phenomenon, due to not only its unexpected blockbuster

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Management of Refugees through Intercultural and Interfaith Dialog

The issues of refugees in Indonesia are considered serious and needed immediate response. These are not only because Indonesia has become the transit destination, but also the origin country of them. The definition of refugees based on Refugee Convention 1951 and Protocol 1967 is those who left their origin countries due to persecution caused by

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Cultural Appropriation or Cultural Legacy? Brahmanical Ceremonies of Tri-yumpawai and Tri-pawai in Bangkok Revisited

India has a long history of relations with Southeast Asia. As a result of 2000 years of cultural exchange, South Asian influences are evident in most parts of the region. In this paper, I am particularly interested in examining the different perceptions of Indian culture in a Thai context, a place that has experienced Indic

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The Posthumous Life of Agnes Smedley, a Cosmopolitan “Spy”: China’s Cultural Memory and Amnesia

Known as a principal member of the Sorge Spy Ring who introduced Ozaki Hotsumi, a Japanese journalist, to Richard Sorge, Agnes Smedley, an American journalist and writer, was typically regarded as a “traitor” to the American nation in the early Cold War period. After her untimely death in 1950, Smedley’s ashes were buried in China

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Cross-Cultural Adaptation of International Students from China: Confidence in English Speaking Ability in ESL and EAP Classes

    In recent decades, the number of international students studying at universities  in United States has grown tremendously, which has increased by five percent in the previous year, reaching a total of 723, 227.  Also in the 2010-2011 academic year, the Institute of International Education announced that 157,558 of international students list China as

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Quality of Contact between Community Members and Bangkok Metropolitan Police

  This research was conducted in August 2012, using a survey questionnaire from a data sample of 15,000 Bangkok civilians, Thailand.  It aims to compare the level of quality of contact between community members and the police, which can be considered an important factor that could support the community policing concept.  The results was based

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Religion and Alienation: The Case of Catholic Poet Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope is known to be the first professional poet in England. At a time in which many still depended on the system of patronage in order to make a reputation as a writer, Pope negotiated his own deals with printers, booksellers, and publishers. He is said to have made a profit equivalent to a

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The Thinking of Animation: Conflict of 3D and 2D

The computer game and cinematic movie are quite common recreational activities in recent people’s lives, and computer technology in games and the cinema are becoming more and more advanced, especially 3D technology is the main instrument which is used in games and cinemas. For the procedure of “Pixar”, 3D animation is created by the development

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Musicians’ Enigma in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nocturnes

Global citizens in the highly competitive material world in the twenty-first century immerse themselves in an enigma, an enigma where they inevitably struggle in their career for fame and fortune as success but they insensibly alienate from their family in daily life. Kazuo Ishiguro, a newly-rising Anglo-Japanese novelist, explores musicians’ enigma of how they can

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The Catholic Church and Abortion: An Examination of Immediate Animation and Hylomorphism

The Catholic Church currently maintains that abortion is immoral at any stage of gestation because the foetus is a person from conception. This determination as to foetal personhood is founded upon two assumptions: 1. that any being with a soul is a person; and 2. that the foetus is endowed with a soul at the

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An Explanation of Monk’s Marriage in Japan ―The Ideas of Shinran and a Comparison with M.Luther―

Buddhism is one of unique religions which prohibit having sex as its rule. Monks must uphold their precepts in which prohibits “any kind of” sex. And it is noted that, in laymen’ precepts, “indecent” sex is prohibited. It shows that the difference about sex is a clear distinction between monks and laymen. In Japan, we

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Theses on Prolegomena to Ethics

Building the concrete ethics (or moral) always depends on the solution of the question of the existence. “Due” (better or “Good”) is determined according to the understanding of the individual’s existence, its aims and sense. It’s important to note, that in this case any ethics can be called “immanent” – any transcendent and transcendental idea

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The Quest for Spirituality: A Psychoanalytic Approach

The relationship between psychoanalysis and religion is often said to be antagonistic, as Freud famously claims that our religious beliefs are but a product of irrationality generated by our infantile phantasies. Recently, however, the philosopher John Cottingham suggests that religious faith is not only compatible with, but in fact supported by psychoanalytic theory, to the

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Communication Technology and the World Spirit

This paper aims to demonstrate how the global socio-cultural impact of the increasing interconnectedness of the world enabled by the development of communication technology can best be illuminated by Hegel’s conception of the historical progress of the so-called ‘world spirit’ towards consciousness of itself. In Hegel’s philosophy the term ‘spirit’ refers to a kind of

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Ricoeur’s Dialectic of Distanciation and Appropriation in the Asynchronous, Online College Classroom

The digital age has brought about new dimensions of connectedness and alienation in the 21st century. New communication technologies and social media have transformed the everyday realities of human relations in many different ways, some positive and perhaps some negative. It is a legitimate question to ask what this is doing to interpersonal relationships and

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Postmodern Identity Politics and the Social Tyranny of the Definable

The pervasive, almost irresistible privileging of what can be defined and specified and claim rights for itself in a democratic society supposedly based on argument and rational justification, including self-justification, entails certain liabilities and susceptibilities to abuse. The focus on definable identities seems to have been necessary for social progress, yet it has also led

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On Divine Omniscience and Human Freewill: An Analysis of Nelson Pike’s Argument of Incompatibilism

Nelson Pike’s article entitled, “Divine Omniscience and Voluntary Action,” proves that fatalism is unavoidable. Fatalism is the philosophical doctrine emphasizing the necessity of human acts rendering them unvoluntary. Theological fatalism is the thesis that infallible foreknowledge of a human act makes the act necessary and hence unfree, that is, if there is a being who

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We Are Place; Place is Us

The way we see place is the way we see ourselves. Our thoughts, values and identities are shaped by how we perceive place and our relationship to it. Shift in perspective about place can result in a shift in our way of perceiving ourselves – from being isolated to place to being connected. The purpose

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Is Self-Defeating the Self-Fullfilling Prophecy of Judaism?

The challenge of the Re-Ligare and Connectedness ensemble surveys are also the interwoven and tangled form between other conceptual pairs, such as Knowledge and Information, or Mythology and Reason. The estrangement of beings can, though, transport meaningful purposes to their unity (Heidegger): After the rise of the Enlightenment, and Reason worth an Age of its

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Beyond Kolmogorov Philosophy

The Kolmogorov’s probability philosophy is based on a set of axioms that can be extended to encompass the imaginary set of numbers and this by adding to the original five axioms of Kolmogorov an additional three axioms. Hence, any experiment can thus be executed in what is now the complex set C which is the

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Patients’ Perception of Their Patient Rghts as Compared to Compliance with such Patient Rights as Exhibited by Nurses when They Incorporate the Patient into the Bedside Teaching of Nursing Students

The purpose of this study was to study patients’ perception of their patient rights while concurrently observing how the actual nursing care was provided and related to such patients’ rights when the patient was involved in a bedside teaching experience to nursing students, and compare patients’ perception of patients’ rights and the perception of these

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Freedom of Speech and Doctrine of Personal Privacy: A Comparative Law Analysis Originating from a South Korean Case

Following up on the ratification of the Free Trade Agreement among Republic of Korea and United States, a judge of the former wrote on his facebook page: “November 22, 2011, a day when a pro-US-to-his-core president and trade officials sold out the working class and the national economy. I will never forget.” No disciplinary action

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The Challenge of Assessment for the Community of Inquiry: Negotiating Individuals and Community

Philosophy has always grappled with the tension between the individual and the community. In the Philosophy for Children (P4C) movement led by Matthew Lipman, this tension remains. Lipman and his followers have always recommended a dialogical model for children to practice philosophy – flowing from the ancient tradition of the Greeks. The increasing desire in

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Therapeutic Alliance and the Prevention of Relapse in Collectivist Malay Family in Malaysia

Being a drug addict makes one’s alienation possible, even if one belongs to a strong interdependent family as it is in the collectivist community. Culturally, he has deviated from his family’s piously held values and norms. By capitalizing the therapeutic alliance (Rogers, 1957) which is a value that flourishes naturally in the Malay collectivist culture,

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Cognitive-behavioral Therapy of Bipolar Depressive Disorder (Manic-depressive): A Case Study

Introduction: The usual treatments of the bipolar depressive disorder, such as medication and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) have negative side effects on memory and cognition and the likelihood of recurrence. Researchers and clinical experts have been trying to design alternative psychotherapeutic methods for treating this disorder. For example, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) has been shown to

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Measuring Trust in China: Resolving Eastern and Western Differences in Concepts of Trust

Trust has implicit meaning for every person and has different meanings in different cultures, making it difficult to measure across cultures. From an International Psychology perspective, contrary to those who suggest creating “different psychologies” for different nations, this paper builds on scientific knowledge by using tested principles and instruments and applying them with contextual sensitivity

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Personal Communicative Activity in a Cultural Adaptation Process

The personal activity problem is connected with the increasing speed of society life, communication capabilities, which form a special person’s relationship with other people and objective reality. On the one hand, it helps to ensure that the person has more resources and ways of self-realization. But at the same time such a high-speed and full

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Risk Management for the Future: Age, Risk, Cognitive Depletion, and Choice Architecture

How can regulation in an era of personal responsibility aid people to make the optimal decisions about their future risks, savings, and retirement? This behavioral study aims to deepen our understanding of how different age groups process choices in relation to future risk and retirement planning in diverse decision-making environments. In a series of experiments,

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Meta-analysis of Intelligence Scores of ‘Street Children’ in Developing Countries

In many developing countries, unsupervised children spend much of their time in the urban environment and in the context of extreme poverty. These ‘street children’ are generally not attending school, psychological traumas are common and rates of substance abuse are high. The multiple deprivations suffered and the exposure to factors mitigating normal neurocognitive development would

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Multiple Creativities: A Task to Set up a New Model to Creative Thinking

This study seeks to provide a new understanding of what is called Multiple Dimensional Creativities by setting up a new model explaining the dynamic process of creativity. This study aims to focus on new arena of psychology by raising the question whether we have one and only one form of creativity or creativity can be

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Taiwanese Parents’ Reaction to the Achievement of Their Children: Vertical Distinctiveness Versus Horizontal Distinctiveness

In Confucian societies, one who has any achievement is always basking his/her Big Self, especially to his/her parents. However, since the Eastern cultures value Vertical Distinctiveness (VD) more than Horizontal Distinctiveness (HD), it is very possible that parents would feel more glorious (having more face) when their children achieve VD than HD and might have

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How to Predict Professional Success in Music and Beyond? Constructing Universal Talent’s Structure for the Best Vocational Choices

The purpose of this paper is to present a universal model for human talent following the example of musical talent. Psychological categories used to describe high achievements’ potential – ‘abilities’, ‘giftedness’, ‘talent’, ‘creativity’, ‘intelligence’ and ‘motivation’ – are shown as parts and elements of an organized structure. A more detailed model for musical talent is

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Consumer Market for Functional Foods in Thailand

Functional food is any healthy food claimed to have a health-promoting property beyond the basic function of supplying nutrients. The awareness in developing functional foods is thriving, driven largely by the market potential for foods that can improve the health and well-being of consumers. However, consumer attraction of functional food is starting in Thailand. The

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An Integrated Theory of Behaviour

The objective of the study has been to develop an Integrated Theory of Behaviour,to test the theory on Indian and foreign samples and to test the application of theory in changing, predicting and controlling behaviour. The scientific method for the development of theory stems from the natural sciences and adopted by Bunge and Ardila (1990).

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Is Personality Type a Predictor of Social Network Connections?

Social media platforms have become an integral part of how we live our lives, in particular for those generations who have grown up in the digital world and use these platforms to connect and communicate with many different groups. Behavioral science now underpins many facets of our lives for example digital marketing campaigns target specific

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Social Bond of Indonesian Higher-Education Students Who Access Facebook

Along with technological advances and the rapid flow of information, people’s need to access the Internet is increasing. According to data held by www.internetworldstats.com, a site that continues to monitor internet usage in the world of on-line, internet users in Indonesia, in 2008, reached 25 million people. This is because apart from being a source

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A Developing Second-order Measurement Model of Thai Adolescent’s Desirable Characteristic

Over the past decades in Thailand, some educators fixed the students’ good characters in order to becoming the primary educational indicators for teachers’ measurement. However, those characters did not cover all domains in developmental psychology and had no systematic and scientific research conducted to develop such a measured instrument. So, the present study adopted a

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The Role of Empathy in Experiencing of Loneliness of Others and Existential-Behavioral Training in the Empathy Development

Modern life offers many opportunities to keep in touch with each other, but that does not mean the true relationship between people. This relatedness gives us a sense of spiritual belonging in the transcendental meaning; it helps us to maintain our integrity. In the processes of alienation and connectedness the important role belongs to the

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Examining Critical Success Factors for Medical Device Industry in Taiwan

With the population aging, research indicated that the growing of chronic disease and rapidly increasing costs of healthcare are becoming a burden worldwide. Global medical equipment market size in 2010 is 2.456 billion U.S. dollars. It is a big industry output. In a highly competitive market, how to create effective strategies and set successful marketing

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Creating an Audio-Haptic Narrative Book for Blind Children: The Role of Audio Feedback in Inducing Pleasure

The aim of this study was to create an audio-tactile narrative book for blind children and to assess the role that auditory stimulation played in the feeling of pleasure in a blind child reader. We first explain the features of the audio-tactile book and second we report interviews with 4 blind readers. Our methodology was

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Risk Assessment Tool for Adverse Outcomes of Occupational Stress: Development and Investigation of Psychometric Properties

Objectives: While psychosocial factors at work have been widely mentioned as important contributors to occupational stress, only recent research suggests that some non-work factors (e.g. some socioeconomic, personality and health risks) could also contribute to the adverse outcomes of work-related stress. The aim of our study was to develop a comprehensive instrument that would include

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The Moderating Effect of Work Motivation and Coping Strategies on Job Satisfaction and Psychological Well Being among Fire Fighters

Sources of occupational stress and their impact on work motivation, job satisfaction and well being were examined in a questionnaire survey of 436 UK fire fighters from four fire brigades. The role of coping strategies as a moderating factor was also tested. Levels of occupational stress had a significant negative correlation with job satisfaction. Multiple

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Effect of Transpersonal Psychotherapy in Reducing Symptom of Craving and the Level Dependency in People with Substance Use Disorder

The numbers of young people who are addicted to drugs in Bali, Indonesia has been increasing every year and it has reached very concerning numbers. Not only the prevention of spreading drug use needs to be focused on but also the management for those who are already using drugs, so they can be productive and

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An Exploratory Study of Core Competencies in Psychological Assessment —A Taiwan Perspective

Psychological assessment is regarded as one of the eight key competence domains at the 2002 competency conference in the U.S. (Kaslow et al., 2004). After discussion during this conference, Krishnamurthy et al. (2004) proposed an eight-factor model that included eight competencies essential to good practice in psychological assessment. The purpose of this research was to

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Tragedy aesthetics of Ki-duk Kim film

Ki-Duk Kim (1960 ~) is a very well-known film director in Korea that was awarded the best director award at the Venice Film Festival and the Silver Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival.In 2012, Kim’s 18th works (Pieta) won the Golden Lion Award for best film at the 69th Venice Film Festival. Venice

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Emotion Regulation: A Critical Review of Cross-cultural Validity

During the last two decades, research investigations in emotion regulation have proliferated due to the recognition of its significance in mental health and well-being. Theoretical models and measures of emotion regulation have been proposed. The proposals, however, are based on studies conducted within the Western cultural contexts. With recent empirical and theoretical findings, questions emerge

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Altruism Among Teachers in Jakarta

Altrusim is an important aspect in a teacher. Altruism is an attitude to pay attention on other’s well-being without concerning the self (Baston, 1987). Teachers need to pay more attention to their students’ well-being rather than their personal well-being. Altruism in education is associated with connectedness in interpersonal relationships and involvement in physical and emotional