112 Jiahaowang: What I Would Change And What I Would Retain?

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112 Jiahaowang: What I Would Change And What I Would Retain?


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History,Chinese Culture

Paper Style: Q&A

Based on Chinese Culture


At the beginning of the Quarter, you were asked to answer the question: “What`s the first image that comes to your mind when you think of ‘a Chinese body`? Describe and explain.” Now, after 10 weeks of studying Bodies in Chinese Culture, how would you answer the same question differently? Please briefly summarize what you wrote 10 weeks ago. And write specifically what would you change and why. What would you not change? And why? (20 points)


By now, you should have turned in three response essays for the class. Please pick your favorite essay. Summarize the essay in a few paragraphs: What was the focal issue/question of the essay? Which text(s) did you examine in the essay? How did you analyze and/or reason? What was your conclusion? What would be the next step (for example, push further on the question of […], collect data on the subject of […], find additional literature on XXX, visit YYY, and talk to ZZZ) if you would revise and expand this essay into a full-length research paper in the future? (19 points)

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3 We have examined a total of about 10 topics in Bodies in Chinese Culture. Which topic is your favorite? Gender and Sexuality Why is this topic your favorite? Has your understanding about the topic changed or confirmed after reading the text(s) and attending the lecture(s)? Please (1) be specific about what has changed (e.g., assumption, perception, naïve realism); and (2) explain and elaborate the change (e.g., clarify misunderstandings, learn a new term/practice/concept, feel culture shock). (20 points)

week5 Gender and Sexuality go to the e commons and put the reading from week 5 (reading pdf) download and put it the last part under this question.

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4 We have touched upon quite a few terms that are commonly used and sometimes stereotyped (or even misunderstood) in popular culture in the U.S. Terms in the following list are some of the terms we discussed in class. These are the terms you may need to explain to someone who is not familiar with Chinese culture in the future. Pick FOUR of the terms from the list below. Explain each term in a few sentences. Please phrase it as plain as possible. Use your own words. If you quote something from the Internet, make sure you refer to the source. Please give an example of the term by referring to at least ONE text, lecture, image, film, or, any other materials we have used in the class. If you answer more than 4 of terms, only the first 4 will be graded. (5 points each term)

a Foot-binding

a Bruce Lee

a Kung Fu (gong) -------Flim Huo YuanJia (Jet Li)(Fearless - Jet Li)

a Qi (Chi)

a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) -----lecture,example of acupuncture 

a Wen and Wu

a Yin and Yang ------- lecture ,the five elements theory gold, wood, water, fire, earth. Five elements picture

a Yangsheng 

i Shaolin

a Beijing Olympics ------- film, the opening ceremony for Beijing Olympic 2008 

a Identity and ambiguity in Taiwan

b Bodies in Buddhism (for example, life cycle, deathbed image, "silent mentors”)------- Image(silent mentors)the parinirvana of Master

Hong yi (Li Shutong) The passed away of HongYi rabbi( His posture was lying down, and he knew he is going to die few days before he is dying.)

5 We have watched many films (partially or in its entirety) in the class. Each film was screened as a material to illustrate, supplement, or contradict a specific text (or texts) for the lecture. Choose one set of film&text from each of the three groups (for example, A-3, B-5, and C-10). For each set of film&text, answer the following questions: (1) How each film works with the text(s) (as a visual example, a historical background, a contemporary change, a contrast, etc.); (2) What did you find the most helpful from the pairing of film and text? (3) What was the main question we discussed (or you would like to discuss) after the screening? (7 points each set of film&text)

• Films & Texts 

• Group A

1 Fearless & David Palmer, “The Body: Health, Nation, and Transcendence.”

2 Woman Being & Susan Mann, “The Body in Medicine, Art, and Spot,”

3 To the Land of Bliss & Raoul Birnbaum, “Chinese Buddhist Traditions of Healing and the Life Cycle” and John Kieschnick, “Asceticism”

4 Tai Chi of Wu Dang & Michael Saso, “The Taoist Body and Cosmic Power” and Kristofer Schipper, “The Taoist Body”

• Group B

1 M. Butterfly & Susan Mann, “The Body Adorned, Displayed, Concealed, and Altered” and “Same Sex Relationships and Transgendered Performance”; Dorothy Ko, “Cinderella`s Dreams”; Kao and Bih, “Masculinity in Ambiguity”

2 To Live & Farquhar and Zhang (To live, Zhang YiXing), “Biopolitical Beijing” and Emily Wu, Traditional Chinese Medicines in the United States, Chapters 7&8

3 The Way of the Dragon & Chris Berry, “Stellar Transit”

• Group C

1 The Assassin & Chen, “‘Chinese Cinematic Martial Arts Feminism` and its Incompletion”

2 The Shaolin Temple & Meir Shahar, The Shaolin Monastery, Part III, Fist-fighting and Self-Cultivation

3 Baseball Boys & Susan Brownel, Training the Body for China, Chapters 1&2

4 Satya & wrap-up

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At the beginning of the Quarter, I was asked to ask to describe the image that comes to my mind when I think of the Chinese body. In my response, I talked about the sexuality of man and the significant impact of the nude body on the meaning and the understanding of human sexuality. I talked about how in the past, the nude body was not accepted in China, but since the ideas of the West have entered this region and introduced new concepts and meaning of the nude body. Moreover, nude bodies have a significant impact on matters related to sexuality and stimuli arousal among individuals of opposite sex. Thus, “nude bodies influence the sexuality of people in society.” I concluded that Western notions on the embodiment that includes the gynecology and obstetrics have significantly introduced new technological methods and concepts for physical fitness and reproduction in the 20th Century. This had the impact of changing the notion of the Chinese culture in relation to the meaning of the body. As such, the Chinese are now appreciating nude bodies in their artwork, which was something that they have never done until the presentation of ideas by the Western observers. Nudity is gradually accepted by the mass public, as the media to convey deeper meanings. Moreover, nude bodies are now being commercialized and used across the globe. On the same note, artists have changed their approach and techniques to the production of artwork, which is...


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