Final Study Guide - Short Editted

Final Study Guide - Short Editted - The two American...

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1. The two American defectors in North Korea, as profiled separately on “ Sixty Minutes ” (or on one of the defectors if we don’t have time to watch both videos) printout 2. The issue of Taiwanese vs. Chinese identity for the people of Taiwan and its importance China – pg 73-74 3. The March 2008 presidential election in Taiwan Amid the backdrop of the Tibet crisis and intimidation by China, Taiwanese voters went to the polls on March 22nd to elect a successor to President Chen Shui Bian. The elections went off smoothly, orderly and justly, proving once again that Taiwan’s democratic processes are in excellent shape. The elections pitted Ma Ying-jeou and Vincent Siew of the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT), or Nationalist Party, against Frank Hsieh and Su Tseng-chang of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). A total of 13,103,963 votes were cast representing a voter turnout of nearly 80%. 7,658,724 votes were cast in favor of the KMT candidates and 5,445,239 in favor of the DPP candidates (see table of election results below). Ma Ying-Jeou of the KMT was elected president of Taiwan by a margin of 16,9% of votes over DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh. After learning the defeat, Hsieh sent his congratulations to Ma, bowed to the supporters gathered in front of his campaign headquarters at 8:10 pm in Taipei, and stated that he accepted the failure. The election, officially the Election for the 12th-term President and Vice-President of the Republic of China, constituted the fourth direct presidential election in Taiwan's history. 4. Key themes in the film “ Tampopo Although Tampopo clearly embraces, and almost idolizes, ramen as Japan’s national dish, the movie also uses this food to articulate the anxieties and ambivalence about national identity in Japanese society, demonstrating the power of food to both construct individual (and/or national) identity and relationships between people (and/or nations). One of the main themes throughout Tampopo is the juxtaposition of Japan versus the “West,” and the blurring of this identity. Japan’s identity is clearly signified by the ramen dish, while other dishes such as spaghetti Bolognese signify the “West”. In the movie, there is a scene taking place in a Western-style restaurant in which a group of young Japanese women learn from a woman instructor how to eat spaghetti silently, while a “Western” man loudly slurps his spaghetti (the way the Japanese eat ramen). The scene so clearly symbolizes the social construction of food in national identity—The instructor explains that in the “West” making even the tiniest sound while eating is “absolutely taboo,” while being almost drowned out by the sounds of the “Western” man slurping his noodles. In the end, all the women, including the instructor give up on trying to be “Western” and avidly slurp their noodles with gusto, the true Japanese way. This scene cleverly portrays the power of the social constitution of food—how the “proper”
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This note was uploaded on 06/26/2009 for the course EASC 150g taught by Professor Rosen during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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