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Online audio files for Deborah Tannen article

Posted by thuicc on December 8, 2006

As I mentioned in class, the audio for some of the conversations from Tannen’s article is available online. Click on the links to listen to the conversations from pages 138-139, 140-141, and 143. (Some of what’s on the recordings is not in the article, but don’t worry…)

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Media in Taiwan

Posted by kyleepai on November 29, 2006

The article that I choose is “Media in Taiwan”, which mentions Taiwan’s cable television, radio, newspapers, magazines, periodicals, and internet. Just like what the article says, “The media in Taiwan is one of the freest and most competitive in Asia”, and media in Taiwan is really various and the media also presents Taiwan’s multiculture.

To begin with, the article talks about “cable television”. It point outs, “Programming is mostly in Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese, with some Japanese and English channels.” There are also “a dedicated station for Taiwan’s Hakka minority” and an aboriginal channel. The original language with traditional Chinese subtitles are used in most of the programs. Then, it gives a list of the cable television. From the list, we can see many different kinds of channels in Taiwan, about News, politics, talk shows, variety, drama, food, shopping, sports, English movies, Japanese programs, Christian, Buddhist, stocks, animals, children’s programming…and so on. It tells that ROC government is pushing to have digital television services so that the number of the channels will be increased.

In addition, it also talks about the radio in Taiwan; there are many stations which contains talk show, popular music and classical music across AM and FM. For example, Kiss Radio and Hit FM both play Chinese popular music. ICRT is the only station in English in Taiwan. What’s more, it gives some names of newspapers in Taiwan, like Apple Daily. There are also three English newspapers in Taiwan- China Post, Taipei Times, and Taiwan News. However, the content of “magazines and periodicals” is a stub.

Apart from that, it mentions a popular feature now in Taiwan. That is “internet cafes (Chinese: 網咖, Pinyin: wǎngkā), which are often 24-hour and sell a variety of food and drink so that the mainly teenage online gamers who inhabit them do not have to stray too far from their monitors.” “.tw” is used by Taiwan’s websites to present they comes from Taiwan. The last, it provides some available online resources about Taiwan in English.

It is a pity that in both “history” page and “discussion” page, people only discussed about the name of our country- ROC or Taiwan. Overall, I think the article make people know more about media in Taiwan is multiple in many ways, but it still has some places that needs to be improved. For instance, the list in every part- in cable television, radio, newspapers… is incomplete. I can think of a new channel for shopping-MOMO but it is not on the list. Next, as I know, our government has already provided the digital television service. Nevertheless, for others, they can at least have a basic idea about the variety of cable television, radio, newspaper and internet in Taiwan after reading this article. (2006/11/29)

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WikiProject Taiwan

Posted by thuicc on November 4, 2006

According to its page on Wikipedia, WikiProject Taiwan

is intended as a politically-neutral platform for all contributors interested in increasing Wikipedia’s coverage of Taiwan-related articles, including but not limited to: History (of all time periods), culture, people, military, geography, science, politics and religion.

You can check it out and see what they’re trying to do to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of Taiwan.

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Questions about the Music and dance of Kuwait

Posted by theresewu on November 2, 2006

HELLO everyone~
This is Teresa. I’ve read some articles about the culture of Kuwait and I find the traditional music of Kuwait is interesting such as the Al-Fann, Al-Fareesa and Al Arda Al Bahariya and I have some questions about them.

I know that the Al-Fann is a kind of wedding song and also the Al-Khamary and Al-Sameri are both the wedding dance. Does that mean that those wedding dance and music are necessary performed on the wedding ceremony or nowadays they are just performed as a kind of traditional dance and music?

Also about the Al-Fareesa, I know that it’s a dance which women need to be disguised as men and it’s a battle between a horseman and 2 attackers which is quite special and i wanna know if there is an interesting reason/ cause of this special dance?

At last, since Taiwanese young people who like to dance mostly would prefer dancing New Jazz and Hip-Hop (ex. girls mostly prefer New Jazz and boys prefer hip-hop), i curious about that what kind of dance do the young people of Kuwait mostly prefer dancing?

I’ll be very happy to get your responses! ^-^

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Posted by tottietsai on October 29, 2006

I think that many people have a stereotyped about Islam because of Osama Bin Laden and the Terrorist attack. After watching this film, I was very surprised that Muslims have such strong belief to make a pilgrimage to
Mecca. Every year people can see millions of Muslims from the whole world go to
Mecca to worship their God. Every time when I watch this news, I am very impressed on their determination and great belief on their religion. These Muslims
practice what they preach. I am curious about why that they have such strong belief to go to
Mecca and know that they may lose their life through this pilgrimage? Also, I am curious about the black stone and what its significance and role on Islam? Through this film, I have known the Muslims process and some rituals to
Mecca. From their process to
Mecca, I was impressed by the scene that when some of Muslims arrived
Mecca, they burst out a cry. I was very touched by this scene because I can feel that their dissolve on their accomplishment of the pilgrimage. Also, the ritual to throw stone is quite impressed me. I was wondering what ritual’s significance on Islam? Hope I can get answers from you to understand more about the Islam culture. Thank you.

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National Geographic video about the Haj

Posted by thuicc on October 23, 2006

This video is about the Haj, the pilgrimage Muslims are supposed to take to the holy city of Mecca. Watch it to learn more about the Islamic faith–and also to get a sense of how the West portrays Muslims. This can help you prepare for the exchange with our partners in Kuwait.

Here is a link to the video in a larger format.

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This afternoon’s class

Posted by thuicc on October 19, 2006

Here are two websites we will be using for this afternoon’s class:

The focus of the activities we’ll be doing here is on how global English-language media portray or understand Taiwan.

The first project involves looking at English-language newspapers from around the world in order to see how they represent Taiwan to their audiences. What counts as “news” from Taiwan? Of what interest is news from Taiwan to the audiences of those online newspapers? And what do those news articles suggest about the culture(s) of Taiwan and/or the relationships of Taiwan to the audiences of the articles?

The second project takes a look at Wikipedia, an online “collaborative” encyclopedia. Wikipedia is written and edited by many people–almost anyone who accesses an article on the site can make changes to the information on the site. The website also keeps records of the changes and records discussions held about how articles should be written. (Take a look, for example, at the Taiwan article, the history of changes to that article, and the discussions that have gone on about that article.) This information–and the fact that Wikipedia is a popular site for students, scholars, and other people to go for quick information on all kinds of topics–means that Wikipedia is an interesting and important site to look at when we want to understand the various ways in which Taiwan is understood (or misunderstood, depending on your perspective) and the debates and controversies that go on about how to understand this place.

Articles to take a look at for this second assignment: Taiwan, Taiwanese people, Culture of Taiwan (and the articles’ changes and histories).

I’ll be asking you to work on small groups, choose one of these assignments, and prepare to present your conclusions on this course blog in the near future. (Date is still to be determined.)

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US population passes 300 million

Posted by thuicc on October 18, 2006

Below are links to two articles about the US population’s recent estimated rise to/above 300 million. As they both mention, immigration is one of the key factors behind the relatively quick jump from 200 million in 1967 (the year before yours truly was born) and 2006.

As the articles also mention, immigration is one of the hot political issues in this election year in the United States.

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Further information on “Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington”

Posted by thuicc on October 5, 2006

Information on this episode of The Simpsons can be found here. This show references a movie entitled Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, which is also about government corruption and someone who tries to stop it.

Wikipedia also has an article that summarizes this episode.

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Appropriating cultures

Posted by thuicc on March 8, 2006

There’s an interesting entry at TheThink about “racial ownership“–by which the writer, Phillip Moore, is describing how certain ethnic groups seem to consider aspects of their culture as their own exclusive property and are offended by or ridicule anyone from other ethnic groups who try to borrow or adapt those cultural aspects. For example, Moore asks:

Just because I am black, should I ridicule Japanese society for adopting hip-hop and putting their own spin on it, even when most of the Japanese who are die hard hip-hop fans know absolutely nil about the true origins of hip-hop, which date back to Afrika Bambaataa and The Last Poets in the 70s? Should I make fun of them for wearing their clothing in a seemingly awkward style, in what would seem a desperate attempt to mimic the flawless hip-hop styles of African-Americans? Should I trash the term “J Rap” as a term for nothing more than Japanese wannabes?

He also criticizes Asian Americans (in particular, Asian Americans whose ancestors came from East Asia) who make fun of people from other ethnic groups who get tattoos with Chinese/Japanese/Korean characters on them. He implies that such people (or, on the other hand, African-Americans who make fun of Japanese [or Vietnamese or Chinese] rap) are often being hypocritical.

What do you think?

(Via Mixed Media Watch, where they’re discussing the post, also)

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