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The Office and China

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Did anyone else see this week’s episode of The Office?  In it, Michael, panics about what he feels to be China’s overbearing growth over the U.S. that he read about in a magazine.  Good note to end the semester on, yes?  Enjoy!

The Future of American Power

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

I just read this article on U.S. dominance for my IR class, and although it doesn’t relate directly to the course, I do think it presents an interesting view on the U.S. in relation to Asian states (particularly China and India).  Sorry for this post being so long (I couldn’t figure out how to attach a document file and could not find the whole article online).
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Chinese turning to mental wards to break activists

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Was anyone aware of the Chinese government locking people up in psychiatric hospitals that vocalized opinions that differed from the government?  Here’s a link to an article about it from The New York Times.

“Speaking to the identity of Chinese children in U.S.”

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Today’s Washington Post had an interesting article in the Metro section about white Americans adopting Chinese children and the potential cultural conflict those children may feel later in life due to their lack of experience in their own cultural heritage.  To prevent this, many white parents, such as those described in the article, decorate their home to resemble a “Shanghai apartment . . . and enroll[ their children] in Mandarin classes on the weekend.” While looking for the article online, I found this accompanying photo essay .

“Gentle ‘herbivores’ reject long workweeks, consumerism”

Monday, October 25th, 2010

This article in today’s Washington Post fits in perfectly with our earlier discussions of Asian men being represented as feminine and nonsexual.  The article describes the current generation of young Japanese males as less ambitious in pursuing careers and sexual relations than they should be, according to society.

The article describes this group as “mild, frugal, sweet-mannered men.”  It also says this generation works less and engages in less sex than older generations.  They are also described as caring too much about their clothing and are paralleled to what is known as a ‘metrosexual’ in the U.S.

DES

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Diethylstilbestrol (DES) is mentioned frequently in My Year of Meats (I’ve read ahead, so I don’t want to mention more than this). Anyway, I did a little googling, and the results were startling.  Here is a link about the development of DES and its initial use as a fertility drug and its harmful side effects.  I’ve also attached a PDF describing DES Cattle involvement.  If for some reason the PDF does not work, the file can be found here.

This blog discusses cattle diet which includes chicken manure, roadkill, euthanized pets, metal, plastic, and Styrofoam.

Consumer Reports lists various dietary supplements, such as plastic pellets and medications, as described later in Ozeki’s text.

Time Magazine makes note of a cow that produced almost whole cream. Farmers give credit to the cow’s meat diet.

As I read more of Ozeki’s text, I am reminded of the documentary, Food Inc. For those of you that haven’t seen it, I urge you to look into it.

Banyan Tree Project

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

I saw this commercial for the Banyan Tree, a project to raise awareness and acceptance of HIV/AIDS in the Asian community, on Hulu today, and I thought it was interesting considering the discussions we’ve had on sexuality in Asian cultures and the sexual stereotypes of Asian-Americans.  However, despite the literature/media that represents Asian (American) women as hyper-sexual, we haven’t discussed the consequences this has (STDs, unwanted pregnancies, etc.).

The site reads: “The Banyan Tree Project is a national campaign to end the silence and shame surrounding HIV/AIDS in Asian and Pacific Islander (A&PI) communities. The Banyan Tree Project produces an annual social marketing campaign, the National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) programs, targeting community-based organizations serving Asians and Pacific Islanders.”

Despite the image of Asian (American) men being nonsexual, all three speakers in this campaign video are male.  After poking through the site, I found the presence of a few speakers that are female, but overall, the site is much more male-dominated. I wonder if this is an attempt to change the stereotype held by Americans to show that Asian men are sexual too or if this is just the culture of a heavily male-dominated society showing through.

If you’re interested, under HIV Info and Fact Sheet, there are several PDFs that break down statistics (particular attention is given to California and Bay area.

China in the 20 Century

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

China in the 20th century multimedia project

Working Multimedia Project

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

China in the 20th Century

Global Hostility Toward China

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Here is an article that appeared in today’s Washington Post that describes international hostility towards China.  The article says that China has become so large and powerful that other nations fear it.  China’s growth has also “generate[d] envy and, at times, violent hostility.”  Even though this initial idea goes against what we have said in class about the stereotypical Asian figure as quiet, submissive, and inferior, there are traces of the stereotypical image throughout the article.  An attack is described on a Chinese owner center in Kyrgyzstan, and the owner is cited as saying there was nothing he would do to stop it, and he ordered the security guards not to intervene.  There is also the feeling of being  unaccepted.  Another person is cited as saying it is hard to be Chinese, even in the center.

I think it’s also important to note that in a week and a half, this is the third article I’ve seen about China on the front page of the Washington Post.  I have not seen anything on the front page about other Asian nations.  Do you think that there is just more prevalent news about China at the moment, or is China just being focussed on in the press?


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