Monday, February 27, 2012

nigahiga - Never SAY never ReMiX

from Heyan Chen:
This video is about a famous YouTube star- Niga-Higa. He is creating a
funny video using the song "never say never". If YouTube are restricting
copyright issues, then his video will never going to be view by tens of
thousands of people. Instead he use that song to entertain people by
change the lyrics. This way he also helped the artist to promote the song
"never say never" Niga-Higa also benefit from that song because he uses it
to entertain his audiences and fans. And everyone watches the video also
benefit, we all laughed. I think this is relate to "how YouTube thinks
about copyright". A win-win situation.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

genre: spice and wolf

from Jian Ma:
There was a time when I wanted to buy this book after I heard it was going to be translated into English...until I saw the cover art. Understanding
genre is valuable not just for writing but for business as well. Yen Press made a move to try and appeal to a larger audience by Americanizing the images in order to attract a more diverse population. Of course I do not know the results as I have no data on the sales, but I can say that the community who was interested in Spice and Wolf in America did not favor the Americanized cover art. I can also say that subsequent releases retained the original cover art instead of the Americanized versions.

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1. The category in Japan for these types of book are called “Light Novels,” not very heard of in America.

2. They put “Light novels” into the “Manga” section in book stores despite being about 215/240 pages of text, 13/240 pages of credits, table of contents, etc, and 12/240 pages of artwork/illustrations. As a result, “Manga” and “Light Novels” get treated the same based on initial assumptions despite being completely different in style.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cover letters

Sinuo Zheng writes: This video summarizes the main points discussed in the assigned readings
about cover letter: 1)address to the right person 2)make the cover letter concise 3)never reuse the cover letter. It is very straight forward, clear and informative.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Two flags

Min Yoon writes: This image shows the combination of Korean flag and the US flag. For the
second generation Korean Americans, this flag is more meaningful because
they were born in the United States, but raised by Korean parents who have
Korean culture and Korean language.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


This video comes from Nojan Farhoumand

This video exemplifies code switching in Star Wars. The conversation starts

out in a different language then when a more touchy topic is considered

within the conversation the giant bird switches to english to personalize

the conversation as well as change topic.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Rap battles - best of Jin

from Heyan Chen: This video is about this Chinese American name Jin, he is freestyling against the black rappers on BET, and he beat them all, he is like the Asian Eminem, he makes me proud. I think this relates to the article "Thank You, Jeremy Lin ", because it talked about Bruce Lee, Yao Ming and only a few Asian American that makes him proud, and finally wait til Jeremy Lin came out. Now I added another Asian American to his list--Jin.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Cosby Show

From Talena Nahapetian: "This clip from The Cosby Show expresses the multiple identities Vanessa, the dancing daughter, is expected to portray and the clash with her parents when they are presented with a side of Vanessa they did not expect to see. Her traditional and conservative family are surprised and upset when Vanesaa breaks the confinements of the identity she was raised in. As parents, they quickly redefine what is acceptable and what is not. What's interesting is how the mother begins to rant about Vanessa becoming some hollywood hotshot and fitting into a media driven stereotype. I wonder, how much of what Vanessa is trying to do in this scene reflects her real identity or if her parents are open to letting her develop into her own person? Maybe she is just going about doing it in the wrong way with the tissues and skimpy outfit. Overall, this clip shows a clash of identities and values."

Singin' in the rain

From Avalon Roberts: "As we were discussing code-switching in the homework assignments, I was reminded of this movie. I think that code-switching is something that everyone does to varying degrees regardless of race or occupation. This is a clip from the play-turned-into-movie "Singin' In the Rain." A silent film actress is trying to transition to being a star in movies with sound. The producer is making her go to diction lessons to try to change her way of speaking to match her demeanor. Spoiler: she fails."

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Family Guy - Cmon , Do Math

From Stephen Chin. He writes:

It's a clip from Family Guy, where Peter recalls how he took his math
tests during high school. The clip parodies a common Asian stereotype that
all Asians are excellent at math, a stereotype I often find myself
subjected to living with white roommates.

Monday, February 6, 2012

"Job Interviews" Step Brothers

Natasha Goff:

This video clip from the movie "Step Brothers" shows the importance of interview etiquette. Brennon and Dale are dressed totally inappropriately for their job interviews, they are completely over confident, insult their interviewer and on top of all of that, they interview as a team. They obviously don't get any o the jobs...


This is from Kevin Lau-fang

I feel this image is very related to this week's topic. Similar to the
reading “Holiday Advertisers Seek Coveted Dicktard Demographic”, this
image shows how people in this nation are stereotyped (in a less satirical
way). However, stereotypes are just way people perceive others based on
appearance and in fact most of the times they are false and offensive.

Day After Thanksgiving Insanity

Heyan Chen:
This video is about an electronic store's black friday commercial, I found this interesting because their tone of how much you can save on black fridays. This is relate to the article of next week "Holiday Advertisers Seek Coveted Dicktard Demographic” . How big companies attract more and more consumers to buy before holidays and during holidays. Those commercials sounds very tempting. I will want to buy a TV at 30% off, even though I don't need it. But if i don't get it now, I feel I will lose the opportunity.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

EAT from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

Kristina Karayan: This is a video about a guy who traveled around the world and this short-film is documenting food. Since he is actually trying bizarre dishes unique to each country he is in, I believe it validates the authenticity of his experience.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Anton Ego eats Ratatouille

Dami Oh writes: According to Bourdian's reading, chapter 14, the author claims that reviews of food bloggers or critics can be fatal to operate a restaurant in terms of authority. Also, these reviews are mostly not objective opinions. In my opinion, When Anton Ego eat Ratatouille which the recipe came from 'the rat' chef, the dish remind him of his mother's dish. in this sense, i think it has to do with 'authenticity.'

Kogi taco truck

Min Yoon writes: The video clip shows Kogi taco truck, which ia a traveling Los Angeles
landmark that serves up Korean Mexican tacos.  Basically, it serves
Mexican food, such as tacos, burritos, and quadrilles, combined with
Korean BBQ and Kimchi. I thought this is one of the examples that is considered inauthentic.
Because of this, if Mexican people have an opportunity to eat these
fusion-style tacos, they would not recall their "real" Mexican tastes and
old memories.