Femme Fatale: Women, Violence, and Cinema

Films:  Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Directed by Ang Lee Starring Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh, and Zhang Ziyi Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon covers the storylines of two characters as they intersect in Beijing. Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat) seeks to give up his life adventuring in the JiangHu and settle down with his long-time friend […]

A Comparative Study of Social Networks and the Adaptations to Censorship:

Social Networks

The topic I chose to focus my research on is social networking. I intend to do a comparative study of the Chinese adaptations of popular social networks and the social networks themselves. I will be comparing Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to Renren, Weibo and Youku.  Renren is often regarded as the Chinese Facebook. Weibo is […]

Perception: The Lens to identity

Introduction  Over the course of a three week period, I along with a Chinese student named Gloria were tasked with exploring two films native to our culture that shared similar themes. During our first conversation,  we decided  to pursue the theme “Coming of Age”, as we both seemed to have a mutual knowledge of films […]

Heroes in Film & The Cross-Cultural Experience


Introduction Over the course of the last few weeks, I had the opportunity to exchange conversations via Skype with Jane Chai and Yang Mei, two students studying English at the Beijing Normal University.  During our first conversation, we got to know each other a little better and discussed our interests, favorite films as children (we […]

Project Proposal


I have to admit, I still haven’t nailed down all the details for this project. It’s proving difficult (at least, for me and my sub-par researching skills) to find much background information on my topic, and I’m not entirely sure of what the best way to collect information during the ethnographic research portion of this […]

A New way of Thinking Kungfu Panda : Orientalism


It is quite amazing when you think of how technology has changed everything. Even though I’ve never met Jia Li in real life, during the few hours that we spent over Skype has been fun and interesting. When I first had a conversation with her it was a mixed feeling. While I like to talk […]

Love: A Cross-Cultural Understanding.

Meet the Partners To break the ice between the group I asked the following questions which I hope for you to keep in mind as you examine our different points of view. 1.    Tell us about yourself 2.    What were your favorite films growing up (can be from any country) 3.    What […]

Death, Immortality, and Cross-Cultural Exchange: Death is the Road to Awe

Conquistador death scene

When starting this project, I was hesitant.  I am not a naturally outgoing person and was worried about making contact with my students.  When I sat down for my first conversation, I was initially very nervous.  The students, however, put me at ease and, despite the occasional awkwardness and technology problems, I enjoyed talking to […]

Eat Drink Man Woman & The Ice Storm: the In-between Culture

EDMW-opening scene

Yuezhong Zheng(郑悦中)&  Yingqi She (佘颖绮) A short video made by Yingqi(Sarah) to introduce herself and her college        We are the “In-between” viewers: how we chose the films? Yingqi and I are both from China, so we both  have more understanding of our own culture. I was born and raised in china, and was largely […]

Project Proposal


As I have slowly developed my research topic over the course of this class, made it more detailed, focused my topic of focus, I find this chance to write a practical proposal a timely opportunity.  When I began this project, I immediately knew what topic I wanted to research, abnormal psychology in other cultures.  I […]