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Issues of free will, racism, self-image & hope for change in novel on Japanese-Americans.
One of the major issues explored in John Okada's novel No-No Boy is the issue of free will. In general, the novel examines relations between Japanese-... more
One of the major issues explored in John Okada's novel No-No Boy is the issue of free will. In general, the novel examines relations between Japanese-Americans and white Americans, and focuses especially on the image that Japanese-Americans have of themselves. The question of free will involves inevitably the question of its opposite---determinism. Are the characters in this novel free to change their attitudes and their behavior, or are they helpless victims of environmental, psychological, racial and other circumstances? Clearly, Okada is a writer who holds out hope that racial hatred and self-hatred can be reduced, if not eliminated. For him to hold out such hope, he must have some faith and some evidence that human beings are capable of making free choices which will lead to such change. At the same time, the novel is full of realistic scenes of hatred and self-hatred
Critical review of work attempting to explain contemporary Arab world, relations with Israel, culture, religion, politics.
It is likely that Americans, whose attention to the rest of the world tends to be sporadic, and driven largely by immediate events or strong emotional... more
It is likely that Americans, whose attention to the rest of the world tends to be sporadic, and driven largely by immediate events or strong emotional "hooks," are now inclined to relegate Arabs and the Arab world to a sort of benign neglect. Arab oil money has long since been replaced in popular fears by Japanese economic inroads. The Persian Gulf War has faded into history, and Americans' anxious attentions are now focused on Bosnia, a largely Muslim country but not an Arab one. Palestinians and Israelis have signed a peace; an uncertain and fragile peace to be sure, but peace does not make news.
Even "Islamic fundamentalists" have, for now, faded from the television news. When a federal building was blown up in Oklahoma, with heavy loss of life, the media and the public jumped at once to the conclusion that it was the doing of Arabs,
Examines singer's videos as commentary on critics of her earlier career as scandalized first black Miss America.
Vanessa Williams is a black singer, actress, and model who in 1983 was forced to resign from her position as Miss America--the first black Miss Americ... more
Vanessa Williams is a black singer, actress, and model who in 1983 was forced to resign from her position as Miss America--the first black Miss America. Her resignation came after Penthouse magazine printed a series of photographs taken of Williams some years before, photos seen as pornographic by pageant officials, who in any case seek to avoid scandal at all costs. In the year since that event, Williams has achieved much as an actress and singer, not becoming a major star, but working steadily and reaching the top of the pop music charts. Recently she released a video called The Comfort Zone Collection, and one of the videos on this tape is a visualization of the single that Williams recorded that reached the number one position, "Save the Best for Last." An examination of this video shows that the images used may be intended to refer to the scandal and to poke
Analyzes serial killer Jame Gumb's life & character, author's sources, psychoanalytic theory of paranoia as explanation.
In Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs the pathology of the serial murderer Jame Gumb is slowly, suspensefully, revealed by a combination of hints... more
In Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs the pathology of the serial murderer Jame Gumb is slowly, suspensefully, revealed by a combination of hints from the mad psychiatrist Dr. Lecter, the memories of Lecter's patient Raspail, the deductive reasoning of the FBI characters, and sections of narrative that feature the actions and thoughts of the Gumb character. A brief outline of his "case" precedes critical analysis of the description of the disorder and a discussion of the author's theoretical bias as it emerges in the novel in the presentation of the disorder and the description of its causes. Harris' sources for the case of Jame Gumb appear, however, to range over news accounts of numerous cases, to touch on various psychological approaches, to try to incorporate pop-psychology about the beast within us all, and to include far too many different types of behavior to create a
Examines how music provides a common experience, shapes social structure, theory, aesthetics, cultural differences, examples.
The purpose of this research is to examine the social effect of music. The plan of the research will be to set forth in general terms the context for ... more
The purpose of this research is to examine the social effect of music. The plan of the research will be to set forth in general terms the context for looking at music from a sociological perspective and then to discuss the social effect of music, its relevance to an individual's life, its effects on people, such as an estimate of the number of people who may be directly affected by music, and the social consequences of that effect as well as possible bases for evaluating that effect, and possible approaches to evaluating the effect of music on the culture.
Statement of Social Effect
The social effect of music is that it supplies a mechanism of common experience of the social structure and indeed may help shape that structure. Music can be interpreted as exerting social effec
Summarizes four articles about the Electronic Arts company. Discusses staff and leadership. Company performance. Includes copies of the articles.
Electronic Arts Literature Review Electronic Arts and Leadership Founded in Electronic Arts faced the same problem that companiescompeting in emerging... more
Electronic Arts Literature Review Electronic Arts and Leadership Founded in Electronic Arts faced the same problem that companiescompeting in emerging industries always face how to develop leadershiptalent When an industry is new companies cannot hire experienced staffmembers who understand the external environment and the internal challengesthat the company will face Instead the company must develop leaders fromwithin its own ranks As Hammers reports Electronic Arts has recognized that leaders areneeded in both the operational and the creative side of the business Electronic
This paper looks at the findings of Margaret Mead about life on Samoa, and how later critics found discrepancies in her work. It discusses the critique by Derek Freeman and the faults he finds with Mead's work.
Margaret Mead was a cultural anthropologist who lived on Samoa amongthe Polynesian people there for nine months and studied their behavior particularl... more
Margaret Mead was a cultural anthropologist who lived on Samoa amongthe Polynesian people there for nine months and studied their behavior particularly that of adolescent girls Mead reported that at dawn on Samoa the people arise fires are lit fishermen plan to set traps and young men head off to work on theplantations Mead Women take their laundry to the sea andolder girls go fishing off the reef Carpenters work on new houses andthe families who will cook that day prepare the
The three Abrahamic religions of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism are examined for certain characteristics, such as fundamentalism, expansionism, and secularization.
An anthropological perspective is suggested as the best way to analyze these religions.
Abrahamic Religions The three so-called Abrahamic religions of the Middle East Judaism Christianity and Islam share a common historical root These thr... more
Abrahamic Religions The three so-called Abrahamic religions of the Middle East Judaism Christianity and Islam share a common historical root These threereligions are monotheistic their fundamental message is founded on the oneness of God http www amss net Abstract ndConference AtaulHuqPramanik htm Each one of these religious creeds was founded by a charismaticleader with purportedly supernatural powers Moses Judaism Jesus Christianity and Mohammed Islam Their sacred texts consisting of the Old Testament Torah New Testament and Quran respectively are all historically connected
An analysis of the dueling themes of reason and passion in the Khatchaturian Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. Construction of the Concerto. Brief biography of the composer.
Aram Khatchaturian and his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Where When and Why The Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by Aram Ilich Khachaturian wasfi... more
Aram Khatchaturian and his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Where When and Why The Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by Aram Ilich Khachaturian wasfirst performed in and appears to have been begun in roughlyhalfway through the composer's life In fact with this work he extendsnot only his own professional development in musical coding andtransposing but he pushes the art of the Concerto in all respects and inall directions and attains artistic perfection As for the biographicaldetails attendant to his life he was
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Discusses the reasons for the high quality of music in the concentration camp of Terezin, providing examples of the music and the comopsers' output.
Explaining Creativity The Case of Terezin There are a number of reasons why the circumstances of life in theNazi concentration camp Theresienstadt may... more
Explaining Creativity The Case of Terezin There are a number of reasons why the circumstances of life in theNazi concentration camp Theresienstadt may have been conducive to theoutpouring of creativity in music that has been associated with thisparticular camp Certainly as Zdenek Lederer noted a feeling ofJewish solidarity pervaded the Ghetto Additionally the Germanauthorities created circumstances in which Lederer said culturallife prospered The standard of cultural activities reached its highestlevel partly as an involuntary result of the embellishment Theestablishment of a Cultural