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Western Eyes

Western Eyes examines the search for beauty and self-acceptance through the experiences of Maria and Sharon, young women contemplating cosmetic surgery to make their eyes “more Western.” Both of Asian descent—Maria is Filipina and Sharon is Korean—they believe their appearance, especially their eyes, affects the way they are seen by others....

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Chinas Unlimited: Making the Imaginaries of China and Chineseness

BY GREGORY B. LEE HONOLULU:UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII PRESS, 2003 136 PAGES. HARDCOVER: ISBN 0-8248-2680-9 Reviewed by Jennifer Eagleton Cultural images are shape-shifting phantoms. Perhaps this is why they hold a tenacious grip on our consciousness, yet are difficult to discuss objectively. In the nineteenth century, the West imagined China and the Chinese as exotic, distant, and alien. Across the pages of newspapers and pictorials, images of the laundryman, the evil crime lord, the sex maniac, t...

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THERE AND BACK AGAIN: Teaching About the Urban Youth Generation

The “Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution” was a phenomenon that greatly affected the Chinese world. For several years the country was torn apart and turned upside down. It was launched by Mao Zedong, in his power struggle against Liu Shaoqi, in order to firmly entrench his view that ideology, rather than materialism, was the way to lead the country forward.1 During this period of chaos, vast numbers of Chinese youth left the cities to work in the state farms and villages of the countryside...