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A Symbolist Play v. A Realist Play

A Doll House is one initially filled with confectionary, baby-talks, and social formality. In The Blind, from the broken conversations, there is a confusion in time and space. In both plays, the characters live with fear. But which one is more inclusive?
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First Pinterest Attempt for FNMS231: Slow Cinema and Graduate Programs

Having Fun with Pinterest

The purpose of this Pinterest assignment in FNMS231 (Fall 2016, Wheaton College, MA) is to subvert the most popularly practiced function of this social media platform: sharing life tactics, food, beauty, and crafts based on image thumbnails linked to outside sources, a large majority of users being women. So instead of reposting most commonly seen Pinterest posts for leisure as mentioned above, here, I curated two boards: Digitized Senses: Jia Zhangke and Tsai Ming-liang’s Slow Cinema and Film and Media Studies Graduate Programs.

Pinterest has several major advantages:
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a book review: economic cultures beyond Wall Street

Regardless of whether you care about the business or finance world or not (maybe you think giant American corporations are so distant from my life), let’s see why you would be interested in reading this essay.

'Our company motto is 'Think globally, but stay the hell in your own cubicle if you know what's good for you'!'

Ho’s book Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street (2009) is not just about the game of bankers played out on business journals every day. Despite the fact that you may be less attuned to industries other than your own, this review uses Liquidated as a springboard to further explore the diversity and commonality of the humanity who interact in a shared space in different cultural spheres. In this book, the corporate culture of Wall Street is where ordinary people holding successful positions make a huge impact on American society and the globalized world. And there are certain similarities that can be drawn from case studies in other parts of the world with economic phenomena less organized or represented than the American corporate finance market, from which the universal and particular economic behaviors are justified in different cultural contexts. Although the maximization of profits is considered a key to explaining economic behavior
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Personhood in the Ghost Drama of Strindberg and Yuan Opera

The early 20th century Swedish society experienced a wave of Antirealist, supernatural and Expressionist practices in literature and theater. August Strindberg, inspired by new philosophies of Freud and Swedenborg, explored themes of human sufferings by means of dreams and fantasy. I chose A Dream Play and Ghost Sonata to analyze his depictions of protagonists who endure human sufferings and recognize the human world as a tragic hell-like space.
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Belief Economy in the Chinese Religious Market

Rationality in the economic sense focuses on the utilitarian value of choice-making, but in the economic aspect of the Chinese religious market, belief-driven activities should be evaluated in an alternative framework of spiritual capital that entails more than rationality in the practical sense (Berger & Hefner, 2003). The following analysis of different religious activities in China will hopefully delineate how commercial practices are inseparable from spiritual reasoning.
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a funny look into Orientalism in Southeast Asia

Orientalism involves a system of imagined reality about the East, in this case Southeast Asia, according to the comparison of Western and Eastern civilizations based on Western standards (Said, 132). The biased evaluation of Southeast Asia was deeply associated with European visitors and settlers’ scheme to extract resources and transform social order for their own benefits (Owen, 4). Thus, in order to legitimize imperialist rule, the image of early Southeast Asia presented by Orientalists was distorted in the socio-economic, political, and cultural aspects.
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