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Infusing Asian Culture in Media Courses Victor Evans Thiel College August 4, 2011
Asian Topics Infused in Courses In the communication department at Thiel, we dont have a specific course in Asian Film, Media or Journalism. I will infuse the information I learned at this institute in the following courses as part of the regular course topics and objectives: –Introduction to Journalism (Fall 11) –Introduction to Film Studies (Spring 12) –Film Production and Editing (Fall 11) –Dissecting Disney (Spring 12)
Introduction to Journalism Media Bias and Censorship –What is media bias? –How do you recognize media bias? –Do media organizations utilize media bias? –How and why do they engage in media bias? –What are the effects of media bias? –Which countries are known for their media bias and or censorhship? –The US proclaims an open media, but how does it engage in bias and/or censorship?
Discussion of Media Bias How does media bias affect the society? What does it mean for the people to be misinformed or not informed of all of events that might affect them? How does media bias affect the peoples view of the government? Are there some things that the media should not disclose? Why or why not?
Film Production and Editing Cinematography –Subjective and objective / direct and indirect points of view –Camera angles –Camera movements (pans and tilts) –Shot techniques (CUs, establishing, long, etc.) –How do these cinematic techniques influence the narrative of films?
Film Discussion How did the cinematography affect the narrative structure of the film? How does the cinematography affect the pacing? What emotions did the cinematography evoke in you as a viewer? Did you find these techniques effective? Why or why not?
Introduction to Film Studies Narrative Film Structure –Why is narrative important in film? –What are the different ways stories can be told in film? –How does these techniques affect the audience? –How does the narrative contribute to the films theme? –How important is narrative and theme when analyzing a films message?
Core Values of Confucius Ren: Benevolence, Charity & Humanity Xin: Faithfulness & Integrity Zhong: Conscientiousness, Loyalty & Care for Others Li: Correct Behavior, Good Manners Propriety & Politeness Yi: Honesty and Uprightness
Buddhism Core Beliefs Buddhist Symbol: The Dharma Wheel represents the Noble Eightfold Path, which are the core beliefs of Buddhism.
Where and When Buddhism Began Buddhism began in India approximately 2,500 years ago. Buddhisms roots are in Hinduism, because the person who established Buddhism was a Hindu prince before he became the Buddha (or Enlightened One) and broke off from Hinduism to form a new religion.
Founder of Buddhism: The 1 st Leader of Buddhism The Hindu princes name was Siddhartha Gautama. According to Buddhist tradition, Siddhartha Gautama received a revelation from God when he was 35 years old, and then he began teaching the religious ideas that developed into what is now called Buddhism. Siddhartha lived approx. 2,500 years ago (born 563 B.C.E.).
Founder of Buddhism, contd Siddhartha Gautama was born into the royal family of a small kingdom in the Himalayan foothills. Giving up a life of luxury in his palace to seek the true purpose of life, Siddhartha first tried the path of severe asceticism, only to abandon it after six years as a futile exercise. He then sat down in meditation beneath a banyan tree until he achieved enlightenment. That is when he is said to have received his revelation from God - and become the Buddha.
Central Beliefs Four Noble Truths: –Sorrow is universal. Everyone experiences sadness and suffering. –Sorrow and suffering are caused by greedy desire, or cravings, for things. –The cure for sorrow is to eliminate greedy desire and seek enlightenment. –The way to seek enlightenment is to follow the Noble Eightfold Path.
Central Beliefs (continued) Noble Eightfold Path: –Complete/appropriate view –Complete/appropriate intention –Complete/appropriate speech –Complete/appropriate action –Complete/appropriate livelihood –Complete/appropriate effort –Complete/appropriate mindfulness –Complete/appropriate concentration –The Noble Eightfold Path is also called The Middle Path (or The Middle Way), meaning that a person who follows these spiritual guidelines does not have to go overboard. Rather than being an ascetic (one who gives up every comfort of life) or by being overindulgent (one who enjoys too many of lifes comforts), instead a person can choose to live a comfortable, but moderate life style. –Nirvana: Nirvana is the enlightenment or perfect peace that an individual reaches after many lifetimes of trying to follow the Noble Eightfold Path, so that they never have to reincarnate again. Its like the idea of heaven.)
Film Discussion So what was the theme of this film? How was the theme revealed in the narrative? Do you think the message of the film was communicated clearly to the audience? Why or why not? How does Buddhism and Confucian values play an important role in the films theme?
Dissecting Disney This class analyzes Disney films, specifically looking not only the films historical accuracy, but also how racial, ethnic and gender groups are represented within the films. Asian characters are a section in this course. To date, Disney has 13 Asian characters in their animated films, with the most popular being Mulan and Mulan II.
Disney Discussion How does Disneys Mulan film narrative compare with the original legend? Do the characters in the film demonstrate Confucian or Buddhist values/core beliefs? If so how? Do the characters in the film embody any Asian stereotypes? If so, what are they? How does the main character and the narrative reflect gender roles during this time period?
Chinese Influence on American Films In both Introduction to Film Studies and Film Production and Editing, I will discuss how Chinese Filmmakers have influenced American Filmmakers, like Quentin Taratinos Kill Bill series. Also in both classes I would like to do a comparison of American remakes of Chinese and Korean films: The Departed, My Sassy Girl, Possession, The Lake House, The Eye, Uninvited, Tortilla Soup...