Conference: ACAH2018

ISSN: 2186-229X – The Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities 2018 Official Conference Proceedings

ACAH2018, Hyōgo Prefectural Museum of Art & Art Center Kobe, Kobe, Japan
Conference Theme: “Recentering: Asian Spaces, Cultures and Ideas in the 21st Century”
Friday, March 30 – Sunday, April 1, 2018
ISSN: 2186-229X

21st-Century Dystopia and Utopia and a Re-Centering of Humanism

Classic dystopia (Swift, Wells) identifies the plagues of society. However, even in 21st-century works that partly do so, committed purposes are at times defeated by individualism, superficiality and mere entertainment. Commercialized dystopian science fiction, accompanied by an ideology of cynicism and an aesthetics of spectacular and violent exaggeration, seems indeed to be one of the

Re-Centering Domestic Dominance: Women Fighters in China Across Generations

Under conventional patriarchy, women and children within the domestic setting are seemingly protected from various external threats. Meanwhile, the hegemony of domestic lives makes women forever ignorant of patriarchal subordination. In China, such hegemony originates from Confucianism, which was also the principal doctrine that governed social conventions. My paper serves to investigate whether the Confucian

Imprisoned Souls in Ghassan Kanafani’s Men in the Sun and Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea

The purpose of this paper is to shed light on the theme of imprisonment, both physical and spiritual, in two novels, Men in the Sun (1963) by the Palestinian Ghassan Kanafani and Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) by the Dominican Jean Rhys. The paper will explore how both writers depict the suffering of their characters, who

The South Asian Wanderer: A Literary Evolution of the Orient

Recent times have witnessed the reemergence of the popular notion of the oriental, though now dyed in a singular Arabesque hue due to the sociopolitical and theological nature of the present ‘East’ and ‘West’. This paper however, aims to revisit Edward Said’s interpretation of the notion and to highlight the oriental as a South Asian

Modern Theocracy? When an Incumbent Village Head Becomes New Boss of the Village Land Deity temple: Observation from Residents

Land Deity (aka. ‘Tudigong’ in Mandarin Chinese), according to Chinese folklore belief, is a spiritual chief of executive at the grass-roots level that protects every people in his locality, and almost enshrined every community or village in the island of Taiwan. On the other hand, a village head holds responsibility to accept complaints and suggestions,

A Theatre Creative Research “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a theatre creative research which has been inspired by William Shakespeare’s play script and the translated play script ‘Fun Na Kuen Klang Ruedoo Ron’ (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) by Dudsadee Mala. This theatre creative research was presented as a stage play using teaching method called “Project-Based Learning”. The process of

A Bridge Over Troubled Water: The Irrigation Canal Bridge of Meinong, Taiwan

A bridge, by definition, is a conduit from one side to the other. The sides could be a place, a time or a space having physical and/or temporal components to embark on a metaphorical journey telling stories about a nation, a people or a city. This article examines the changing roles of a Japanese built

“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

Theme of Alienation in Modern Literature: The Advent of Existentialism, With Life as Seen Through Indian English Fiction Writers

Edmund Fuller remarks that in our age “man suffers not only from war, persecution, famine and ruin, but from inner problems … a conviction of isolation, randomness, meaninglessness in his way of existence “. The paper will discuss and analyse theme of alienation in modern literature in general and Indo-English literature from different angles. It

When a Woman Walks the Streets: The Female Challenge to Public Space in Nawal El Saadawi’s Woman at Point Zero

Nawal El Saadawi’s novel Woman at Point Zero examines a character named Firdaus, a peasant girl who tries to negotiate a role of independence for herself in mid-to-late 20th century Cairo. Briefly forced into a bad marriage, and unable to get a university education along with any sustaining employment, Firdaus resorts to earning her wages

The Microcosm Within the Macrocosm: How the Literature of a Small Diaspora Fits Within the Context of Global Literature

The twentieth century was a century of global powers: the Soviet Union, the United States. Now China is on the rise. Where do these superpowers and major language groups leave small countries and their identities? Whether we are ready for it or not, humanity is shifting away from tribal identities towards a global identity that

The Relations and Exchanges Between the Chinese Communist Party and Japanese Leftists in the Early Phase of the Cultural Revolution

After the war, there were no formal diplomatic relations between China and Japan, but economic and other exchanges still continued in the form of “people’s diplomacy.” Despite the interruption in the period of Nobusuke Kishi, their relations were soon resumed.With the beginning of the Cultural Revolution in 1966, most normal exchanges came to a halt

Communication and Perception of Visual Language in Comic Books, Khai Hua Roh : Smile of the King and Maha Sanook : When the Prince became King

HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away on October 13th 2016. The comic books Khai Hua Roh and Maha Sanook, published special editions presented in visual language, to mourn the King under the themes “Smile of the King” and “ When the Prince became King”. The researcher aims to study the intent of the illustrators and

Recentering the Self and Nation Through Memory – Mixing History, Romance and Memoirs in the Autobiographical Writings of Han Suyin

Han Suyin had once described herself as “a fragmentation of the total self” where “each piece recreating from its own sum of facts a person…” This principle seemed to be operating in a number of her memoirs, in particular, Birdless Summer (1980) where she completely reconfigured her war-time experience in Chungking Destination (1942). The two

Space and Narrative in Cinematic Arts

This study aims to examine space as key component in storytelling by drawing on theories of psychoanalysis, narrative, and formalism. In so doing, the study has chosen two films which were produced in the past five years with an interesting use of space: 1) Train to Busan (2016), a Korean film; and 2) Snap (2016),

3, 2, 1, Infinity! A Decentered Poiesis of Haiku, Code, and Photography

“3, 2, 1, Infinity!” is an art piece that brings together three genres of media and arts: (1) a “Japanese” poetry form of haiku that was written for a momentary experience of an earthly and unique presence, (2) a digital photograph that was shot at the moment of the experience, and (3) a piece of

Consumer Purchase Behaviors in Relation to Distinct Cultural Factors and Product Enhancement Type

In world market competition, modern enterprises must cater for Eastern and Western consumers with distinct cultures. Cultural factors influence customers’ purchase decision behaviors. From a consumer perspective, the most significant trait of a new product relative to its older counterpart is the difference between the two. From a business perspective, the innovation of products to

Product Types and Consumers’ Culture: An Empirical Examination in Taiwan

Firms must understand consumer culture to design and develop products that meet consumer expectations. When provided with various innovative consumer electronics, consumers make purchase or replacement decisions by referring to their experiences with an existing product, the effects of mental accounting induced by such products, the features of new products, and the marginal benefits from

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