Sunday, April 12, 2009

Yukun's Questions

1 Question about Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema

Instead of sexuality, I am wondering if we can apply this model to other situations. For example, war films produced by Hollywood always represent US ideology and attitudes to other countries such as Japan or German. I don’t know if there is any scholar doing some researches about that. In addition, in this article, the cases proposed by the author are old films. I think we maybe could find some new movies to develop new theories.

Questions about British Cultural Studies

2 In page 390, “However the theme of political identity as an outcome of conflictual social and cultural processes rather some fixed invariant condition is clearly present”. From the perspective of globalization or postmodernist, identity is a complex driven by various factors such as ethnic, nationality or gender. For us, how to figure out the difference between those factors is a challenge. What is the most important factor affecting the identity in the particular case? Ethnic, nationality, gender or others? Nowadays what we want to know is not just what the identity is but how the identity is formed.

3 In page 394, “identity deriving from the nation could be shown to be competing with subnational (local and regional ) and supranational (diaspora) structures of belonging and kinship”.
How does identity change global order? After all, nation-state is still the main actor in global society. I am curious with this paradox. Or the author exaggerated this situation.

4 Question about Under Western Eyes
This article reminded me that sometimes scholars equalize national status to women status. For me, culture and tradition are more important. For example, Japan is not the third country. Compared to some third countries, in my opinion, the status of women is lower. In addition, I am also wondering the effects of globalization on women status.

5 Question about media portrayal of women and social change
This a interesting study. I am wondering if there is anyone to examine the media portrayal of women in media in the southern China. Due to commercial effects from Hong Kong, those media take non-traditional approaches to cove news. Though media market is still controlled by China government, some media are tring to commercialize their contents. Different form the official media’s content, those contents may reflected parts of reality of China.

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