Project Proposal


I plan on studying the Chinese college-age perspective of soccer.  While originally my topic was extremely broad and covered all of Chinese soccer culture, I pared it down to younger people and then further to collegiate views.  I think this community will be the most useful and allows for a more in depth study than […]

Beijing Tattoo Culture


So, I have two questions that I would like to, and have every intention of being able to, explore this summer in Beijing. 1)      How are tattooed persons viewed in contemporary Chinese (specifically a district in Beijing) society? (e.g. are they viewed as having a lower social standing? Is a youth phenomenon, in that it […]

Responsibility of a Generation: Using Media Effectively to Understand Many Facets of Culture

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My partner, Luo Yu (aka Cinderalla), proposed that we talk about the responsibility of a generation and suggested The Grandmasters to me. I really appreciated her suggestion because this was a movie about the generation who inspired Bruce Lee. Being raised in a family full of Bruce Lee fans, I was really eager in learning […]

A Letter to My Future Children: Reflections on the Chinese Diaspora

My name is Hsin-Mu Morris Chen, and I am a Taiwanese American. My family is scattered around the world in search of better opportunities in terms of work and education. These are some of the reasons why people around the world leave their home country, with or without hopes of ever returning. In a broader […]

Summer Project Proposal


For my project, I will be exploring the ways in which western brands market themselves in China and the buying trends that exist, especially with the Chinese youth (16-25). I want to focus on how these western brands portray themselves to the customers and how these customers perceive these brands. One of my key interests […]

Through the Looking Glass: Films As a Means to Understand Culture

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Introduction: For my project, I was paired with Cindy Shuang, a sophomore English major at Beijing Normal University. When we first talked, she was very interested in watching films about relationships between older and younger generations, and she recommended the Chinese film We Will Meet in Heaven, a story about a young girl’s relationship with […]

Screens into Different Cultures: Infernal Affairs and The Departed

Disclaimer: This is the solo initiative of an American student who was unable to establish contact with her Chinese partner.   Why Infernal Affairs and The Departed? I selected these two films because The Departed (2006) is a Hollywood adaptation of the wildly successful Infernal Affairs (2002). As such, I thought it would be interesting […]

The Intimacy of Touch


When working with my two project partners from China, Vicky and Jolie, three things were made absolutely apparent. First, that they were more than ecstatic at discovering that, despite my name, I was a girl. Second, the reason they were happy I was a girl was because they wanted to focus on romance for the […]

Cultural Understanding through Differing Modes of Expression

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       I was partnered with a Chinese student from Beijing Normal University for a project for cross-cultural understanding through film.  Yao Xueying, preferring to be called Emily, and I explored each other’s culture through these two films. We held our conversations through Skype video chat.      Specifically, we found both similarities and […]

Unintended Altruists: Comparable Portrayals in Western and Eastern Film.


Introduction For this final project I was assigned to work with Wang Xiaoming, a sophomore at Beijing Normal University, where we would engage in several skype calls to discuss shared interests and to decide on two movies, one a Chinese film, and the other an American film.  After discussing potential themes to try and select […]