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Narrative Interpretation in Folklore Studies: Japanese Emigrants to Geomun-do (Port Hamilton), Korea, and Their Psychic World

When researchers encounter storytelling by informants during fieldwork, this serves as important research materials in folklore studies. Storytellers are by no means informants who simply provide indigenous information useful to researchers coming from outside. Rather, they are themselves mobile subjects, accumulating lived experiences while moving temporally and spatially across communities and relocating residences over time.

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Afrofuturism 2.0 – A New Cultural Enabler for the Digital Age

Afrofuturism as a concept is about 25 years old, with Mark Dery’s interview essay Black to the Future (1993) giving the movement its name and paving the way for further interventions. Afrofuturistic works typically include novels, paintings, photography, music such as Sun Ra’s and the Marvel Comics superhero Black Panther. Over the last decade or

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Modern Japanese Girls Flying Into the Sky: Gender Norms and Aviation Fashion in the 1920s

In 1952, the year of the end of the US occupation of Japan, Japan Women’s Association of Aviation (JWAA) was founded. It presented a milestone in Japanese aviation history. The sky was hitherto a predominantly male sphere. During World War II, men alone became soldiers and flew into the sky. Most women (perhaps except for

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Protests in Hong Kong: From Confucianism to Levinas’ Substitution

2019 was a tumultuous year for Hong Kong. The protests began in June with the concern of the extradition bill, but throughout the time, demands have emerged: withdraw the bill, for officers to step down, an inquiry into police brutality, amnesty for arrested protesters, and free elections. The call for Hong Kong independence has also

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Disintegration and Reshaping: Northeast Renaissance and the Working Class Narrative

Northeast Renaissance refers to a cultural movement that reflects the spiritual outlook of youth in Northeast China in 2019. The common inspiration for this generation is the Northeast, which experienced the laid-off reform and guarded the last glory of the old industrial base, and was deeply affected by the popular culture of Hong Kong and

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The Sultan/datu Images in Maguindanaon Folktales as a Means of Cultural Identity

Basically, this study endeavored to ascertain the ideal attributes that could make an exemplary Maguindanaon ruler. It also aimed to probe through analytical criticism the folktales for the purpose of discovering what these reveal of Maguindanaon political organization and cultural identity. The findings of this study were obtained through the use of Joseph Campbell’s Heroic

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The Issue of Stigmatized Identity and Livelihood: Insights From a De-notified Tribe of Rajasthan, India

The people of Nat community, historically known as entertainers for the Rajput patronages, are found in different parts of northern India. Although they are not significant in number, they tend to carry distinct group identities in contemporary society. From a historical perspective, Rajput lost their kingship in various states; in consequence, Nat people lost their

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Animism Belief that Worships the Tree in Malaysia

Worshiping trees in Malaysia is not a wonder at strange sights in Malaysia. Malaysians believe in animism. The objective of this research project is to present some preliminary thoughts of tree animism and analyze the animism practices and beliefs in Malaysia so that a better understanding of animism can be established as the vast research

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An Exploration of Kashmiri ‘Naqash’ Communities, their Craft Practices and Cultural Heritage

Often learnt and mastered over generations, craftsmen and women still use their traditional knowledge systems, customs and practices in the production of regional handicrafts. The Kashmiri naqash is responsible for design development and is an essential bearer of the craft and cultural heritage produced in the Kashmir valley. Kashmir produces distinct floor coverings, one of

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Verbal Communication Through Folk Songs: A Study Based on Sri Lankan Folk Music

Folk songs reflect the identity of a culture. Genre of Sri Lankan folk songs is significant in passing down culture to generations through oral tradition. The composer was uninhibited and frank. The spontaneous verses were stand-alone works bearing structural variations and were instructional. Those songs varied from work to recreation while adding rhythm to manual

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Tracing the Time of the Chinese Ancestors, Yan, Huang and Chi: Weixin Shengjiao’s Religious Care, Enmity-bond Release and Universal Peace

At the beginning of the Chinese People, Huangdi, Yandi, and Chiyou led three tribes respectively and fought against each other fiercely at Zhuolu. Yandi allied with Huangdi defeated Jiuli tribe. Ancestor Chiyou was slandered and his tribal descendants dispersed. Under the reincarnation of birth and death, ignorant enmity causes endless wars in Chinese successive dynasties

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The Religious Interpretation of Ethnic Harmony in Chinese Three-ancestor Culture Expressed in the Worship Rituals Held by Weixin Shengjiao

The Chinese people is a people with long and profound history. It can be dated to Kunlun civilization in ancient times, Fuxishi, Nuwa and Chinese Three Ancestors, Huangdi, Yandi, and Chiyou. I Ching lays a solid foundation for the philosophy of thought in Chinese ethnic culture. What were Chinese religious beliefs before Buddhism reached China?

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The Language of the Right-wing Populism: A Lexical Analysis of the Texts by the Freedom Party of Austria

Today politics is only successful if it is successfully communicated. A political trend that has recently achieved great election success in many European countries and beyond is the so-called right-wing populism. In order to understand and respond appropriately to these achievements and changes in the political culture, it is necessary to look more closely at

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Love Suicides”: A Special Product of Popular Theatre and a Strategic Response for Class Exclusion in Edo Period, Japan (1600-1868)

The Japanese puppet theatre probably was professionally shaped in form, performance regulations, and inventions during the 17th. This theatre could be considered one of the special products of the Edo period in which there is a perfect combination among three different elements: storytellers, a shamisen musician, and puppeteers. Under the rule of the Tokugawa family,

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K.J.Yesudas: The Discursive Formation of the Cult of a Playback Singer in the Kerala Public Sphere

K.J. Yesudas, the popular film singer, has been a central figure in the realm of popular culture constituted by Malayalam cinema for more than half a century. The singer’s voice is often accorded the status of ‘the representative modern voice’ and the singer could excel in the dual spheres of Carnatic and film music traditions.

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Organizational Culture as a Primary Driver of Organizational Success: The South African University Experience

The new business paradigm foregrounds accountability, transparency, sustainability and good governance as the pillars on which organizational success is built. It demands attention to a range of strategies that have until recently been treated as “soft issues” deserving of inclusion into organizational scorecards, but having peripheral value only. These strategies include the identification and realization

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The Way of Music: Phraya Phomeesewin

This study aims to explore the path of becoming Thai traditional musician expert of the notorious Phraya Bhumisevin,the royal court musician and composer. Praya Bhumisevin, also known as Jiit Jittasevi,(13 June 1894-5 January 1976) was a master of Thai classical music, particularly of the saw sam sai (three-stringed instrument), during the Rattanakosin period. He was

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Intercultural Communication through an Anthropology Approach

This paper probes some key elements of cross-cultural issues in international business communication and provides a framework for creating competitive advantage for firms engaged in international business. Culture affects many aspects of international business communication. It impacts free trade policies, localization and standardization strategy decisions, advertising, brand effectiveness, business relationships, international business management, international marketing,

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One Nation-Different Fates: Kazakhstan in Pursuit of Cultural Identity

This article provides analysis of experience which modern Kazakhstan went through in process of determination of its own identity and place in the world in midst of rising globalisation. Attempts to restore and safeguard the national identity become common practice in post-soviet countries including Kazakhstan. The transition from soviet identity to its own identity and

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Multiple Identities of Media Labourers and Experiences of Creative Autonomy: An Empirical Investigation from a TV Programme Producer’s Perspective

The paper shows that media labourers are likely to form multiple selves throughout their career path, and their perception and experiences towards creative autonomy is strongly related to their multi-dimensional identities. This paper argues that there is a need to establish a balanced concept of creative autonomy that embraces the various facets of creative labourers’

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Examining Identity Formation of Third Culture Kids through Transnational Engagements

This paper studies the identity formation of Third Culture Kids (TCKs)—who have spent a considerable amount of their childhood and early adulthood living in a host country, and consequently realizing that they have a different worldview (and sense of identity) with their countrymen from their passport country. In this age of migration, not only of

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Skateboarding Subculture in China: Development Path, Characteristics and Representation of Values and Social Change

Youth subcultures were for a long time located out of the public eye in China. Only over the last 30 years they have been drawing greater popular attention due to their rapid development. The Internet is one of the reasons behind the growth of youth subcultures in China. It constitutes a convenient communication platform to

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Temples: Probing the Possibilities of Economic Regeneration of the Local Communities in Goa

Temples of Goa have played a very vital role as symbols of cultural resistance to the Portuguese hegemony. In the post-liberation era, these temples have been integrated into the national pilgrimage networks and as such receive a large inflow of not only the Goan diaspora, spread far and wide in the country, but also tourists.

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Tolerating Difference: Japanese Experiences with Difference and Multiculturalism

Post-Modernity, Globalization, Neo-Liberalism, many words come to mind to describe the contemporary world, but there is one type of discourse that seems to be gaining hegemonic position regardless of how we describe the present era: Multiculturalism. Particularly in Japan, a country that has since long constructed its identity under the idea of homogeneity, the adoption

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Conserving Cultural Landscape as a Driver for Identification in Local Communities in Taiwan

A cultural landscape, which encompasses various elements in a specific area, represents the combined works of nature and man. An organically evolved cultural landscape may represent a specific production process for a place, and may consolidate the identification for local people through conservation process of cultural landscape. With this concept, traditional economical model with special

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The Exhaustion of the Multicultural Australian Philosophy and the Rise of a New Visual Regime of Signification: Melbourne between Multiculturalism and Globalization

The Second World War caused unprecedented hardship, but it also accelerated change. A massive European immigration reached Australia’s shores, giving rise to a sort of ideal multi-ethnic society. Between history and myth, diverse ethnic groups interacted without coalescing and by maintaining distinctive, national or group cultural identities. Indeed Melbourne rose as one of the world’s

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Successful Aging among Immigrants after Midlife

Relocation by crossing borders can be a risky endeavor, regardless of the amount of resources and support one receives. While many immigrants experience stress by functioning in a foreign language and culture, aging in a foreign environment can lead to an additional burden among older people. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that the number of

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The Borderlands of Motherhood: Representation of Spatial Belonging of Mothers and Families in Government Posters

Japan, like many developed countries, has seen its population decrease and reached the lowest low fertility rate of 1.41 in 2012. This tendency was first associated with the lower number of children born to married couples. But since the 1970s, the main cause identified is the postponement of marriage, and so childbirth, by women. Following

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Impact of Cultural Differences on Business Projects between Germans and Swiss Germans: Unravelling Sub-Proximity HR Challenges of Cross-Cultural Projects

Based on Hofstede´s 5 cultural dimension we explored in a study among Germans and Swiss Germans that cross-cultural diversity and distance on a level of geographical proximity is more significant than literature has predicted. Its recognition, human resource management and assignment level holds the promise to leverage benefits of bicultural teams. Therefore we formulated the

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Liminality & Belonging in Refugee Resettlement: An Ethnographic Case Study of Bhutanese Refugees in the UK

The paper is based on qualitative, ethnographic research with Bhutanese refugees who resettled to the UK via the Gateway Protection Programme. In this context, borderland is not a physical space, but a state of mind, in which stateless refugees attempt to negotiate between different identities: whilst seeking to ‘integrate’ in the British host society, they

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Future Perspectives within Japanese and Chinese Children: A Comparative Study about Children’s Expectations and Concerns for the Future

Adopting a comparative methodology, this study attempts to identify similarities and differences in children’s expectations and concerns for the future between Japan and China. Fourth-grade elementary-school children were invited to describe three future events that they expected and three future events that they were concerned about. Qualitative analysis was conducted on the response contents. Comparison

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Unconsidered Ancient Treasure, Struggling the Relevance of Fundamental Indonesia Nation Philosophie “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” in Forming Harmony of Multicultural Society

Indonesia is a multicultural country that consists of hundreds of distinct native ethnic, racial, and religist groups. Historically, the Nation was built because of the unitary spirit of its components, which was firmly united and integrated to make up the victory of the Nation. The plurality become advantageous when it reach harmony as reflected in

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Mapping the Concept(s) of Belonging

Various epistemological changes – such as the linguistic, narrative, and cultural turns that have influenced humanistic and social scientific studies since the 1980s – have had an impact on the increased academic interests in politics, discourses, processes, and practices of belonging. During the recent decades, the idea of belonging or non-belonging have been discussed and

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Colonialism, Migrations and Ethnic Integration in Asia: The Case of Modern Sri Lanka

Colonialism fundamentally changed the traditional pattern of Asian migration and opened new avenues for trade and investment for migrant merchant communities and occupational opportunities as indentured labour for agrarian classes. The Indian communities who migrated to Sri Lanka during British rule played vital and diverse roles in the colony’s economic transformation. When Sri Lanka transformed

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Borderlands – Exploring Commonalities and Overcoming Challenges in Sarawak

Today there still exist many borders which hamper transit and crossings for many others. Case in point is the border between Sarawak and Kalimantan, a border whose crossing requires documentation for many a potential traveller. In this regard it is helpful to remember that most national borders are different from natural borders. National borders are

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Practicing Peace: The International Okinawan Martial Arts Community as a Community of Practice

Economists to academics have noted the simultaneous tendency towards globalization and localization in recent decades. At times, the increasingly globalized economy and advances in communications technology seem to bring us together only closely enough to recognize our fundamental differences. Internal divides along cultural, linguistic, political and economic lines become as sharp and clear as geographic

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Aspects of Italian Buddhist Presence and Poetry 

The first, shorter section of this paper will briefly inform on how Buddhism was imported to Italy. The latest and most prolific import has taken place in the last five decades. Buddhism in Italy involves about 89,000 Asian migrants, and 100,000 Italian nationals. An aspect of cultural borderland is that Italian Buddhism, like all Western

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Representation of Indonesian Beauty in Cosmetic Advertisements

Sari Ayu is a homegrown and local owned Indonesian cosmetic brand. Every year since 1985, Sari Ayu has been featuring different themes for its commercial campaign, which based on certain Indonesian Heritage.Thus, Sari Ayu has been trying to visualize Indonesian women’s beauty and beauty trend through its campaign. This study focus on the magazine advertisements

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Examining a Collaborative Conversational Feature between Australian Men and Women

Many past studies of gender interaction discussed differences in masculine and feminine conversational styles. In particular, collaborative talk is regarded as a feminine conversational style. For example, Holmes (2006) makes a summary that most gender studies found that women tend to collaborative while men tend to be challenging in everyday communication. However the author of

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Self-identity in Love: The problem of self in Zweig’s Letter from an Unknown Woman

Letter from an Unknown Woman (1922), one of the Stephan Zweig’s monuments, shows the contradiction between self and others in the context of Love, in which, self insists on his (her) own identity while it is required to keep in touch with others by the nature of “I Love you”, that is to say, self

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The Creation of Trans-cultural Belonging: Chinese Artists’ Paintings from Tibet after 1982

Since the 1960s, Tibetan self-government has been established in autonomous areas; there, Tibetans live in compact communities under the unified leadership of the Chinese central government. A number of Chinese artists and scholars have come to work and live in Tibetan cities, in Lhasa in particular. Against this background, this paper is about contemporary paintings

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Reception and Consumption of Korean TV Drama by Asian Audiences: The Fansubbing Phenomenon

Changes in the new media environment are radically shifting the ways audiences consume media products like foreign language TV dramas. The rapid expansion of broadband internet and the development of mobile technology in Asia are changing how Asian fans of these media products interact with each other. The purpose of this study is to examine

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Intercultural Awareness and Competence: Cultural Differences and Challenges among International Students in a Private Malaysian University

In the past, almost the whole university student population in Malaysia comprised three major ethnic groups, namely Malays, Chinese and Indians, as well as other minorities. The make-up of the student population has evolved dramatically and it is common to see students of other cultures in private campuses throughout the country. These students have significant

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Consuming and Interpreting Japanese Television Dramas: Attitudes among University Students in Malaysia

Japanese media cultures have become diversified in Malaysia, providing opportunities for local audiences to gain access to media products from varied sources and participate in its consumption. This triggers an increase in recognition for audiences as producers of rich cultural readings resulting from cross-border media consumption. This study examines the interpretations of Japanese television dramas

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Frontiers in Google Maps: Commodification and Territory in the Borderlands

From carving up empires to enclosing the commons, the history of maps has long been caught up in creating, legitimising and representing borders. As a product of these historical processes, Google Maps now claim to have one billion users per month. Given this unprecedented audience, how the multinational corporation represents the world is very significant,

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The Hostess at the Border: An Emergent Anachronism

In 2003 the Actroid range of robotic androids was launched in Japan. Its creators and vendors imagine that the ‘bots will integrate into society, taking on companionship, entertainment and hostessing duties. Actroids are modelled after young females, with the exception of (near) exact copies of two male Professors from Japan and Denmark, and a ‘brother’

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Surviving and Thriving in the Borderlands: An Autoethnography

This autoethnography recounts the process of developing my own agency out of a borderland lifeworld formed in multiple geographic sites. I use self-reflection and research to make explicit a functional inbetween space where I belong. Through Gloria Anzaldúa’s work, literature from border and cultural studies, identity formation and my own qualitative research, I analyze the

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Yayoi Kusama – Manhattan Salvation Addict

Kusama Yayoi is a world famous Japanese artist who has worked in a wide variety of media. Since the 90’s we can observe growing fascination with Kusama’s works, as well as its recognition and rediscovering. The phenomenon is better known as “The Kusama Renaissance”. As a still living and creating artist, she constantly tries to

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Globally Not Yours … The Master Discourse of Transcultural Mediation

Globally not yours … The master discourse of transcultural mediation Intercultural encounters, particularly between civilizationally and power-unequally related cultures, demonstrate the complexity inherent in the process of interlingual communication across cultures. This complexity stems from the carrying-over of specific cultural products (as texts) to and recuperated by receivers that have at their disposal an established

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Matrilineal Canadian Nikkei Generations: Representations of Belonging and Transnational Nikkei Identities

The Japanese in Canada have a complex cultural identity relating to their sense of (not) belonging in Canada, their imaginings of Japan as homeland, and the growth of Nikkei identifying themselves transnationally. This paper compares representations of Canadian Nikkei families in the post-Redress (1988) and post-Canadian Multiculturalism Act (1988) period by Canadian Nikkei authors. It

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The New Style of Hybridity in Global Village – Two Cases of Studies of Both Techno Nezha and Old Master Q Puppet Theater

By the rapid flow of internet and media, McDonaldization has somehow mixed with local cultures everywhere. Culture represents our whole life, and nowadays people express their traditional culture by using modern tools and images. We have created a new style called “Hybridity”, which was introduced by Homi K. Bhabha, especially in refernce to the global

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The Hunger Games: Designing the Girl As a Spectacle

Since Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games was published, much attention has been given to the bravery of the young heroine. Overlooked, however, is the subjection of Katniss Everdeen to the image-obsessed Capitol. In the televised world of Hunger Games, Katniss is commodified by the Capitol to be stripped of her young innocence and changed into

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A Socio-Cultural Explanation for the Difference Between Development Trends of Iran and Japan

A socio-cultural explanation for the difference between development trends of Iran and Japan In this research, Iranian and Japanese societies were compared by using comparative method in order to study the issue of underdevelopment of Iran. Historical studies have shown that Iran had a higher ranking than Japan in internal development in terms of economy

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Diaspora and the Politics of Difference and Sameness

Diaspora has established itself as one of the major topics in the literary and cultural studies of the twenty-first century. What is conspicuous about contemporary studies on this topic is that diaspora is regarded either as a liberatory space unmoored from the repressive national identity-formation or as a state pregnant with challenges against the authority

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Pushing Ethnoscape Identity Through Taiwanese Movie Box Office after the Popularity of Cape No. 7

New Media offer Taiwanese as an alternative media to explore their ethnic group identity when other mainstream media fail to present their image and imagined community as the way they want to be presented. After the popularity of Cape No. 7, Taiwanese Movie Box Office shows that almost only movies with good quality which can

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Reading Chinese Painting: Antonello Trombadori’s China and the Limits of the Contemporary

In this paper, we discuss the Chinese Notebook, an account of a trip to China written in 1955 by Antonello Trombadori, a young partisan of the Italian Resistance and an accomplished expert in the fields of art, cinema, and literature. We wish to use his Chinese Notebook as a starting point for a wider discussion