Final_Study_Guide_Sp09 - IAH 207 Spring 2009 Final Study...

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IAH 207 Spring 2009 - Final Study Guide Modern China in the 30s and 40s Love in a Fallen City: What makes Liusu (the middle aged divorcee) a fascinating character? --Because she's caught between the past (her traditional family) and the present/future (her divorce, and her choosing to go with Fan). How does she fit in or defy traditional Chinese femininity? How does she compare to other female characters? -At the start, she's trapped between her traditional family and her non-traditional act of divorcing her husband. Later in the story, she takes actions for her own happiness rather than doing what her family wants. She's more like characters like Xiao-Xiao than passive characters like Ying-Ying What happens at the end of the story? --They found each other in the war and got married finally. They noticed that love is not about materialism, such as financial security, but true love can happen in the adversity. Crossing the Taiwan Strait: Drowning of an Old Cat : What is the significance of Old Cat’s confrontation with the “ghost”? --It shows that he is willing to go against tradition when he wants to. (-ghost is the group of old man, he die. Anyone who sat on the stone, get hamarod. It’s not your stone anymore, don’t border us. Against tradition. He can go against tradition as he wanted to.) Why does the Old Cat object to the building of the pool? Three reasons: 1. The building of the pool can ruin the geography and it can dry up the well. 2. This would ruin the next generation. 3. He thinks it wouldn’t be right to let Dragon-Eye see all those girls and boys with their indecent clothing. Explain the significance of the children’s laughter at the end of the story. -- The local children enjoy the pool, not just the people from the urban center and the city. And change is inevitable. Contemporary China: Like a Banjo String : Why does the Old Blind Man emphasize that he and the Lad are not beggars? -- Because they have a skill, and they are doing something worthwhile to support themselves. He's very proud of that. Explain what this quote means, “In the end, all that matters is to keep your strings forever taut and humming … alive with music.” --Keep active, with your whole heart and mind.
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Construction of Indigenous Japanese Culture Early Japan Kojiki: What was the purpose of Kojiki ? How did it help Japan form as a nation? These two go together - Kojiki established the royal family of Japan as being descended from the Sun Goddess and established a mythology and culture that was unique to confirm their own identity as a nation. 17-Article Constitution : How did the Constitution balance Buddhism and Confucianism? How did this differ from China? The constitution took ideas from both Buddhism and Confucianism.
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