Thursday, January 26, 2006

women in the west wing

Ok..I want to say sth first cuz I 'm afraid I would forget it later...bad memory,u all know that:(

yesterday i saw one episode of The West Wing, a popular american prime time drama. The chief press secretary (sorry forgot her name right now,but she is really a powerful woman in the west wing). She got threatened those days, and CIA sent an agent to guard her. There was obviously sth between them, u know...and when the agent asked her to say sth nice, she said,"i like you taller than me, that makes me more feminine".

there's really a problem in this conversation. The powerful woman in the west wing, a politically successful female, also needs to be femine, in other words, she probably always feels that she is not feminine enough because her political position, I remembered Peng had talked about it with me before, a similar situation, that if a woman wanted to get some success in career in old-days China, several decades ago, they just appeared non-feminine. However, the same circumstance seems to exist in today's US as well, probably to some extent the whole world.

I don't know if i have expressed clearly enough, but i really want to raise this problem for us to discuss. Please forgive my poor english~~

heihei, c u all soon

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Launching

Congratulations to the fantastic idea of launching a blog written by East-Asian women about the global media context and with a feminist emphasis!

Members we've got so far are (following the order of registering time):

Peng, Zou (also known as Penguina) -

I constantly experience a personal identity crisis, and I guess that's why I like to stay in the field of academia in search for some explanations. I like discussions about subjectivity, everyday life, use of new media (e.g. video games and blogs), media and nationalism, and diaspora cultures. I love talking about porn!

Xu Wang- (also known as Joanne,and here as X.WANG)

It is always my dream to contribute to the studies of East-Asian Feminism, esp from a media aspect, cuz in the media content, there's always a negative stereotype towards Asian women. We are the group which is really marginalized, and the women who are silent for thousands of years.I'm interested in 'what women really want', East-Asian women grow up in the social background of Confucianism, which probably lock them in their domestic life. Are we really want this? To be a perfect housewife in a subordinate position?Or just appear subordinate but get the real power through this special way?I hope we can find out that later.

Ya-ling, Chiu (aka MademoiselleGisele or YaYa)

I'm pretty interested in how female images are displayed thru contemporary popular media, advertising in particular. Not only examine their transformation but also their influence and impact toward both genders. Last year, i've done a research on the representations of female body and femininity in 21st century perfume adverts, which was quite inspiring in some ways. Topics related to 'gender inequality', 'social construction of identity', 'cultural representation' and 'consumer psychology' r also under my interests. I firmly believe that my devotion to this area would help me discover more about myself as well, which is definitely...exciting!

Hsu Jui-ling - (Ling )

I have never thought that one day I would be a member of such a SERIOUS group 'East-Asian Feminist Media Studies', somehow it could help me to identify myself as a 'feminist' or a 'elite' (ha ha), as these two words contain too much responsibilities the ways in which the labels are attached on and the positions are located. But anyway, I would like to perform as a good feminist here and try not to be clumsy in my daily life, as it let me looks not feminist at all !

Tou Jia-yan



The idea so far is to use this blog as:

1. A site to jot down our statistic revision study group activity notes
2. Support each other with dissertation ideas
3. Recommending each other news of the field
(please feel free to add things you want to do here)

Anyone who drop by here and feel interested to join us, please don't hesitate and contact any of the contributors on the list!