Posts by lucinda

War in Our Own Mind

INTERVIEW BY JEAN DOWNEY

Satoko Norimatsu was shocked into peace advocacy when she first learned about Japan’s wartime aggression… Later, Norimatsu started the Peace Philosophy Centre to promote peace and sustainability.

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Pico Iyer is Lost

BY MARK MORDUE

Pico Iyer is lost. It’s a condition he uses to great effect in his increasingly internalised travel books as we find him on the road to somewhere he’s not sure of.

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re-de-signing people

GENDER
BY TAMARAH COHEN
& KERSTAN BOND COHEN

”People signs,“ seemingly inoffensive, utilitarian directives, guide us along daily routes and routines in Asia and everywhere else. And like most codes inundating the cultural environment “signs“ can also misinform…

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Gay Jakarta

INDONESIA
BY JUSTIN ELLIS

Watch any television channel in Indonesia for more than half an hour and it’s obvious that waria (male-to-female transvestites) are tolerated throughout the country…

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Re-envisioning the Macho

GENDER
BY REUBEN RAMAS CAÑETE

The new Filipino macho is a metrosexual, characterized by a range of talents: singing, dancing, modeling, cooking, and maintaining a household through their own income.

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The Way of Tea(se)

BY FILM
BY LAUREN W. DEUTSCH

Memoirs of a Geisha could have explored in good story-telling fashion the intimacy and fullness’s of one geisha’s life from the inside out. But no! The filmmakers fashioned yet another Orientalist representation of traditional Asian femininity crafted in the frozen imagination of a Western man…

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Karma & Women

BUDDHISM, GENDER
BY DAVID R. LOY

What does Buddhism have to say about the social situation of women? Needless to say, there is no simple answer. True to its own emphasis on impermanence, Buddhism became quite different in different cultures.

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Host Clubs

GENDER
BY REIKO YAMAGISHI

“Hosts are sort of heterosexual male sex workers, but they do not sell ‘sex,’ though it can happen outside of the club. It is more of a companionship…”

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The Artwork of Yamaguchi Yuka

<span style=”color: #800000;”>From KJ 64 Unbound: Gender in Asia (online feature)</span> [PUT IN SLIDESHOW HERE] [ASSIGN CATEGORY] Yamaguchi Yuka is a Japanese artist residing in Saskatoon, Canada. More of her work can be viewed on her art blog at http://www.plastiquemonkey.com

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India’s Bandit Queen

BY CATHERINE PAWASARAT

Astonishing viewers at the Cannes Film Festival, the 1994 film “Bandit Queen” thrust PHOOLAN DEVI into the international limelight. But Devi criticized the film for being overly graphic and for leaving out major events…

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Behind the Brocade Curtain

FESTIVAL
BY CATHERINE PAWASARAT

One day I literally stumbled upon the festival’s gigantic floats, some as high as downtown buildings, and marveled at their exquisite adornments of exotic textiles and carvings. I didn’t know what I was looking at, but it blew my mind.

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Dream Corridor

BY STEWART WACHS

It all began in 1980, when I was 29, with the first of a series of vivid dreams. These occurred at dawn and continued through four summer mornings. I would find myself in an unfamiliar yet comfortable foreign land, with men, women and kids whom I cared for, yet could not upon waking recall ever having met…

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Learning from Pyongyang TV

TV
BY PHILIP J. CUNNINGHAM

“The thing I like best about Pyongyang TV is no commercials…unless, of course, you understand the programming for what it really is —one long political commercial!”

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I Sing the City Eclectic

KYOTO HISTORY
REVIEW BY PRESTON HOUSER

Veteran resident John Dougill offers a peek behind Kyoto’s glorious façade to reveal the history and workings of a remarkable culture…

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Heart and Seoul

KOREA
BY JENNY HALL

…“Can I help you?” a young guy asked me politely in English. That was it exactly — the point from which Korea was defined — outgoing without being pushy, courteous without being awkwardly shy. Somewhere between the overly curious Chinese and the ultra-reserved Japanese.

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A Princess Ever, an Empress Never?

BY JUSTINE BORNSTEIN

These days, a woman probably has more prospects of flying to the moon than becoming a titled member of one of the few remaining royal families, whose duties are much less glamorous…

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A Week in the Life of a Tibetan Sand Mandala

RITUAL, BUDDHISM
BY LAUREN W. DEUTSCH

Every day, a team of three to four monks, each with a dust mask covering nose and mouth to prevent an accidental breath from destroying their efforts, drew the exquisitely complex image, from memory without the benefit of even a sketch.

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The True Japanese Art Form

TV
BY SEI KEIKO

Certainly in terms of television commercials, the importance placed upon CM — “Commercial Messages,” as we Japanese call them — Japan is without parallel on the face of the earth.

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