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The Power Of Anime: Artistic Power, Social Consciousness, And Cultural Impact, Natalie Ortez-Arevalo 2022 The University of San Francisco

The Power Of Anime: Artistic Power, Social Consciousness, And Cultural Impact, Natalie Ortez-Arevalo

Master's Projects and Capstones

This project explores the widespread popularity and impact of anime on Japanese culture. In my research, I demonstrate how the integration of anime into Japan’s culture creates big splashes—like stones being thrown into a lake—that, at the same time, ripple out in various directions and reverberate on multiple levels. First and foremost, this research centers around an important concept: that anime contains well-crafted storytelling and powerful imagery that demonstrates wider historical, cultural, and social issues—both the positive and negative. In anime films and shows, symbolism plays an important part as it can be found throughout the ...


The Fallacy And Verification Of Criticism On Contemporary Chinese Confessional Poetry, Lei Wei 2022 Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art

The Fallacy And Verification Of Criticism On Contemporary Chinese Confessional Poetry, Lei Wei

Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art

Contemporary Chinese confessional poetry has engaged much academic attention despite its short existence between the 1980s and the 1990s. The confessional poetry has been related with female poetry by scholars since the beginning, and they have been criticized for lacking Chinese cultural characteristics, skills or aesthetic values etc.. However, contemporary Chinese confessional poetry is not exclusively the product of female poets, as there are quite a few male poets who created some fine confessional poems. Chinese confessional poetry of new period turned out to be embodied with a literary form of strong nationalistic features and contain rich elements of traditional ...


Recent-Style Poetry : Pentasyllabic Regulated Verse : Li Bai : The Poet-Immortal Of China, Zong-qi CAI 2022 Lingnan University; University of Illinois)

Recent-Style Poetry : Pentasyllabic Regulated Verse : Li Bai : The Poet-Immortal Of China, Zong-Qi Cai

How to Read Chinese Poetry Podcast

This episode examines Li Bai’s self-fashioning as a free spirit or rather the creator of the universe in a poetic form seemingly ill-suited for making glamorous claims. The poem discussed is not among the best known of his works but well attests to his reputation as the poet-immotal.


“It's So Normal, And … Meaningful.” Playing With Narrative, Artifacts, And Cultural Difference In Florence, Dheepa Sundaram, Owen Gottlieb 2022 University of Denver

“It's So Normal, And … Meaningful.” Playing With Narrative, Artifacts, And Cultural Difference In Florence, Dheepa Sundaram, Owen Gottlieb

Articles

This article considers how player interactions with religious and ethnic markers, create

a globalized game space in the mobile game Florence (2018). Florence is a multiaward-

winning interactive novella game with story-integrated minigames that weave

play experiences into the narrative. The game, in part, explores love, loss, and

rejuvenation as relatable experiences. Simultaneously, the game produces a unique

experience for each player, as they can refract the game narrative through their own

cultural, identitarian lens. The game assumes the shared cultural space of the player,

the player-character (PC), and the non-player-character (NPC) while blurring the

boundaries between each of these ...


Recent-Style Poetry : Pentasyllabic Regulated Verse : Du Fu : The Poet-Sage Of China, Zong-qi CAI 2022 Lingnan University; University of Illinois

Recent-Style Poetry : Pentasyllabic Regulated Verse : Du Fu : The Poet-Sage Of China, Zong-Qi Cai

How to Read Chinese Poetry Podcast

This episode provides a close reading of Du Fu’s Jiang and Han Rivers and shows how the poet makes a masterful use of topic-and-comment construction to project his Confucian vision of the universe and the self and earns himself the title of poet-sage.


Doing Philosophy Comparatively In China: Constructive Engagement Between Marxist, Western, And Chinese Traditional Philosophy (2000-2022), Hongyin ZHOU, Jiabin YE 2022 San Jose State University

Doing Philosophy Comparatively In China: Constructive Engagement Between Marxist, Western, And Chinese Traditional Philosophy (2000-2022), Hongyin Zhou, Jiabin Ye

Comparative Philosophy

Marxist philosophy, Western philosophy, and Chinese traditional philosophy constitute three main forces of contemporary Chinese philosophy. In the past two decades, a great deal of in-depth and extensive constructive engagement has been carried out among the three. Previous studies on such constructive engagement have focused on the perspectives of Western or Chinese traditional philosophy, while the perspective of Marxist philosophy has been neglected to a large extent. Given the key position of Marxist philosophy in contemporary Chinese philosophy, it is undoubtedly regrettable that such a perspective is missing. This paper aims to fill this gap in the perspective of examination ...


Recent-Style Poetry : Pentasyllabic Regulated Verse : Dancing With Shackled Feet : Art Of Recent-Style Poetry, Zong-qi CAI 2022 Lingnan University; University of Illinois

Recent-Style Poetry : Pentasyllabic Regulated Verse : Dancing With Shackled Feet : Art Of Recent-Style Poetry, Zong-Qi Cai

How to Read Chinese Poetry Podcast

This episode explains the lexical, syntactic, and structural rules of regulated verse and shows how high Tang masters turn these formal rules into a nonpareil vehicle of projecting their visions of the universe and the self, as evidenced in Du Fu’s famous poem “Spring Scene.”


A Brief Introduction To Chinese Dual Immersion And Chinese Bridge Programs In Utah, Alex Yuan 2022 Utah Valley University

A Brief Introduction To Chinese Dual Immersion And Chinese Bridge Programs In Utah, Alex Yuan

Chinese Language Teaching Methodology and Technology

This research, through in-depth interviews of ten participants, studied and analyzed, from political, economic and cultural perspectives, the Chinese dual immersion and Chinese bridge programs and the growing “Chinese learning heat” in Utah in a global context.


Creating And Applying Artificial Intelligence Teaching Materials For Online Courses: Review Of Student Teacher Skills When Teaching Chinese As A Foreign Language, Qiao-Yu Warren Cai 2022 National Taichung University of Education

Creating And Applying Artificial Intelligence Teaching Materials For Online Courses: Review Of Student Teacher Skills When Teaching Chinese As A Foreign Language, Qiao-Yu Warren Cai

Chinese Language Teaching Methodology and Technology

With artificial intelligence (AI) technology rapidly developing, the way in which humans learn is undergoing considerable change. The breakout of COVID-19 at the end of 2019 accelerated the pace with which people use AI technology for various tasks. The issue of e-materials to teach Chinese as a foreign language (TCFL) motivates the research of a one-group pretest-post-test design along with pre-experimental work: this in turn examines the online ability of student teachers working with TCFL. Findings show that the basic/proficient/expert technology, pedagogy, and evaluation of online TCFL ability (operating teaching software within narrow AI functions, producing teaching materials ...


Examinees’ Affective Preference For Online Speaking Assessment: Synchronous Vs Asynchronous, Yuxiao Du, Fangzheng Zhang 2022 Harvard University

Examinees’ Affective Preference For Online Speaking Assessment: Synchronous Vs Asynchronous, Yuxiao Du, Fangzheng Zhang

Chinese Language Teaching Methodology and Technology

With technological advancement and the COVID pandemic, online speaking assessment is increasingly used in language teaching. Two modes are developed: online synchronous testing (direct human-to-human interview) and online asynchronous testing (semi-direct human-to-machine interview). Ample literature has explored how each of the two online modes differs from traditional face-to-face speaking assessments. However, few studies have investigated the differences between the two modes, especially in terms of examinees’ affective preferences. This study, therefore, compares the extent to which each mode is accepted and favored by test takers and explores why such an affective preference emerges. The participants are 46 college students enrolled ...


Enhancing Grammar Learning With A Multimedia Instructional Module: Design And Teaching Of “Shì…De” Construction For Cfl Learners, Shenglan Zhang 2022 Iowa State University

Enhancing Grammar Learning With A Multimedia Instructional Module: Design And Teaching Of “Shì…De” Construction For Cfl Learners, Shenglan Zhang

Chinese Language Teaching Methodology and Technology

This pilot study examined the effectiveness and students’ perceptions of a multimedia module on intermediate Chinese-as-a-Foreign-Language (CFL) learners’ understanding and use of the “shì…de” construction. The module was designed based on the First Principles of Instruction (Morrill, 2002) and the Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning (Mayer, 2009; 2014). It provided a systematic and comprehensive approach to teaching the “shì…de” construction, one of the most challenging grammar points in CFL. Twenty-two CFL learners participated in this mixed-methods pilot study. Data were collected using pre- and post-tests, a survey, think-alouds, and semi-structured interviews. Findings show that after using the module ...


The Ainu, Meiji Era Politics, And Its Lasting Impacts: A Historical Analysis Of Racialization, Colonization, And The Creation Of State And Identity In Relation To Ainu-Japanese History, Bri Lambright 2022 Ursinus College

The Ainu, Meiji Era Politics, And Its Lasting Impacts: A Historical Analysis Of Racialization, Colonization, And The Creation Of State And Identity In Relation To Ainu-Japanese History, Bri Lambright

History Summer Fellows

On March 2nd, 1899, the Meiji government of Japan passed the Hokkaido Former Natives Protection Act. At its core, the act stripped the Ainu of their indigenous identity, labeling the group as ‘former aborigines’ and forcing every member into Japanese citizenship. In an instant, the Ainu became erased in an official capacity from the consciousness of the state and its people, a condition that would last well over 109 years when in 2008 the Japanese state finally acknowledged the Ainu as an indigenous group. What is often not acknowledged is that the implementation and subsequent enforcement of the Protection Act ...


Pentasyllabic Shi Poetry : Landscape Poetry : Xie Tiao : The Integration Of Landscape, Lucas Rambo BENDER 2022 Yale University

Pentasyllabic Shi Poetry : Landscape Poetry : Xie Tiao : The Integration Of Landscape, Lucas Rambo Bender

How to Read Chinese Poetry Podcast

This episode concludes our exploration of Six Dynasties landscape poetry by considering the verse of Xie Tiao (464–499). By Xie Tiao’s time, landscape was becoming an increasingly common topic within the world of courtly verse. Partly for this reason, Xie’s poetry begins to efface the previously definitive distinction between the human world and the natural landscape, and moreover imbues that landscape with the passions of the courtier—in Xie’s case, both his yearning for the court and capital and his well-justified fear of the dangers of court politics.


Pentasyllabic Shi Poetry : Landscape Poetry : Xie Lingyun’S “Mountains And Waters”, Lucas Rambo BENDER 2022 Yale University

Pentasyllabic Shi Poetry : Landscape Poetry : Xie Lingyun’S “Mountains And Waters”, Lucas Rambo Bender

How to Read Chinese Poetry Podcast

Xie Lingyun (385–433) is generally recognized as the progenitor and paradigm of poetry on “mountains and waters” (shanshui 山水). Where Tao Qian had written predominantly of the only-partly wild landscapes near his cottage, Xie made his theme the dramatic wildernesses of the southlands. Much of his poetry concerns the scenery of his massive estate, which he staffed with a small army of servants and retainers. His most powerful verse, however, was written in the rugged, unforgiving landscapes he passed through on journeys into exile.


Pentasyllabic Shi Poetry : Landscape Poetry : Tao Qian's "Fields And Gardens", Lucas Rambo BENDER 2022 Yale University

Pentasyllabic Shi Poetry : Landscape Poetry : Tao Qian's "Fields And Gardens", Lucas Rambo Bender

How to Read Chinese Poetry Podcast

Tao Qian (365–427) is premodern China's most famous recluse. After relinquishing his official career at around age 40, Tao returned to his rustic hometown to hide away from what he often suggested was a corrupt court and society. In the hermitage he made for himself at the foot of Mt. Lu, Tao wrote poetry that, on the one hand, extolls his enjoyment of life on the rural margin between the human world and the wilderness and, on the other, narrates the difficulties he had making a living there. For the first time in Chinese history, this is a ...


Total Prevention: A History Of Schistosomiasis In Japan, Alexander Bay 2022 Chapman University

Total Prevention: A History Of Schistosomiasis In Japan, Alexander Bay

History Faculty Articles and Research

In Japan, schistosomiasis was endemic in Yamanashi Prefecture and a few other hotspot areas where the Miya’iri snail lived. The parasite’s lifecycle relied on the intermediary Miya’iri snail as well as the human host. Parasite eggs passed into the agrarian environment through untreated night soil used as fertiliser or through the culture of open defecation in rural Japan. Manmade rice fields and irrigation ditches, night soil covered paddies and highly refined growing seasons put people in flooded rice paddies to intensively work the land in the spring and summer. The disease was equally dependent on human intervention ...


Nami-Ko: A Realistic Novel, Kenjiro Tokutomi 2022 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Nami-Ko: A Realistic Novel, Kenjiro Tokutomi

Zea E-Books Collection

Nami-Ko, also called The Cuckoo (不如帰, Hototogisu), is a tragic story of love and devotion, through sickness, war, oppression, and vengeance. Eighteen-year-old Nami Kataoka hoped her marriage to Baron Takeo Kawashima would bring freedom from her overbearing stepmother. But the couple’s happiness is spoiled by her illness, her mother-in-law’s jealousy, and the schemes of Chijiwa, her husband’s cousin and her own disappointed suitor. Takeo’s naval career takes him away for long periods, and when war breaks out between Japan and China (in 1894), his mother takes advantage of his absence to break up the marriage, sending ...


Traditional Chinese Poems, “The White Blossom” And “Agony Unfurls,” As Well As The Finished Parts In The Martyrdom Of Chen Zi-Ang, A Film Screenplay, And “Shadows Of Phoenixes” In Scarlet Tears On A Golden Branch, A Novel (華夏傳統詩〈素華〉與〈抽怨〉、電影劇本《陳子昂殉道記》已成之部、小說《金枝紅淚》中〈凰影〉已成之部), Xiao-Yu Chen 2022 Gettysburg College

Traditional Chinese Poems, “The White Blossom” And “Agony Unfurls,” As Well As The Finished Parts In The Martyrdom Of Chen Zi-Ang, A Film Screenplay, And “Shadows Of Phoenixes” In Scarlet Tears On A Golden Branch, A Novel (華夏傳統詩〈素華〉與〈抽怨〉、電影劇本《陳子昂殉道記》已成之部、小說《金枝紅淚》中〈凰影〉已成之部), Xiao-Yu Chen

Student Publications

Chen Zi-Ang (courtesy name Bo-Yu, C.E. 659–700) was a medieval Chinese author, poet, scholar, twice-prisoner, and a martyr. It has been a devotion of the Daoist and the Chinese folk religions to venerate him as the Holy Land Patron of the Shu Area (Sichuan) and his hometown, Shehong. During his brief life, Dr. Chen reverently practiced the cultural-spiritual lineage of Confucianism and was a devout follower of the Daoist religion. Earning his doctorate in 684 C.E., he served in a number of minor official roles, including as an imperial librarian. With his spirit of “courage, fierceness, and ...


The Different Waves Of "Chineseness": Analysis Of Culture References And Lyrics In Zhongguofeng Music, Austin S. Ye 2022 University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Different Waves Of "Chineseness": Analysis Of Culture References And Lyrics In Zhongguofeng Music, Austin S. Ye

Masters Theses

Zhongguofeng music 中国风流行曲 has had an impact on the Chinese pop music industry. Although the style of music uses familiar overtones that have been in wide usage within Western pop music, Zhongguofeng aims to emphasize more of a connection to a unified sense of Chinese culture, ethnicity, and identity. Specifically, I will argue that “Chineseness” is constructed through lyrics, which contain cultural references to the imperial era of China, and accompanying music videos, which provide visual imagery that further draws the viewer into an idealized “China”. In addition, the song’s instrumentals blend Western pop stylings with traditional Chinese instruments ...


Songs Of Limitless Love: A Translation And Critical Exploration Of Suzukake Shin’S Ai Wo Utae, Venezio K. Terranova 2022 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Songs Of Limitless Love: A Translation And Critical Exploration Of Suzukake Shin’S Ai Wo Utae, Venezio K. Terranova

Masters Theses

This thesis is a translation and analysis of select tanka from the tanka anthology, Ai wo utae (Sing Love), by Suzukake Shin, an openly gay Japanese contemporary tanka poet. Published by Seidosha in 2019, the anthology contains twenty-eight rensaku (sequences) with a total of 295 individual tanka. In this thesis, I have translated six of the twenty-eight rensaku for a total of sixty-three individual tanka. Tanka are a thirty-one syllable Japanese poem that has its roots in the Heian Period (794-1185). Before presenting my English translations of Suzukake’s tanka, I give a critical introduction that consists of three main ...


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