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For [community profile] chromicons challenge:

[25] Kpop Icons
[8] 2ne1
[6] SNSD
[3] Brown Eyed Girls
[3] Rainbow
[2] f(x)
[2] Big Bang
[1] BoA

Whimsy challenge )
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Please note that these are hypotheses, not definitive statements. And that even if all these reasons are all totally true and applicable everywhere (which they aren’t), none of them are inherently bad or good things.

Definitions:

I’m using ‘more conservative’ for more fic that focuses on realism or a fairly narrow set of realistic tropes, and ‘out there’ for tropes that are more geared towards idfic or common fanfic fantasy set-ups.


By 'mini' I mean almost 1000 words )

x-posted to [community profile] fem_thoughts
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Genocide of the Mind. Edited by Marijo Moore. Forward by Vine Deloria, Jr.

Yes, this book does live within three feet of my desk.

Last quarter I took a class in "Cultural Perspectives in Information Fieldwork" (that is perhaps not the correct title, but that sums up the whole class quite brilliantly). This book was not required or even suggested reading, but because the class heavily focused on Native American perspectives in our discussions, I ended up picking up this book of essays written by Native Americans about their experiences of being native in the 21st century.

Or, or from the back blurb:

After five centuries of Eurocentrism, many people have little idea that Native American tribes still exist, or which traditions belong to what tribes. America's Indigenous peoples have been effectively stereotyped through different forms of media as spiritual gurus, pagan savages, Indian princesses, or pitiful burdens of society.

Over the past decade however, there has been a rising movement to accurately describe Native cultures and histories. In particular, writers have begun to explore the experience of urban Indians--individuals who live in two worlds struggling to preserve traditional Native values within the context of an ever-changing modern society. Genocide of the Mind is a moving and inspiring collection of essays that records the determination of people from over twenty-five different nations to bring the Native American experience into the 21st century.


First, I should say that this book of essays illustrates very well the inherent qualitative difference in works by a members of a cultural group vs. even respectful portrayals by outsiders. These are all Native or mixed-heritage writers talking about native identity from their own individual first person perspectives. The book itself is separated in to five sections which roughly correspond to, urban Indians, young Indians, indigenous languages languages, Indians as mascots, and then the longest section which is "Who we are and who we are not." It's also not all essays as traditionally thought of as essays. Poems. Poems everywhere. Beautiful. It's a clear, clear reminder that 1) Native Americans are still alive, and 2) This is despite all the effort by Whites to erase them and their cultures (yes, genocide).

Other than that, I'm not sure what to say. The premise speaks for itself as a collection of works. Some of my favorite essays were Steve Russel's "Invisible Emblems: Empty Words and Sacred Honor" (especially the opening), Leslie Marmon Silko's "Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit," Tim Hays "Mantiwoc: Spirit Place in Anishinabe" (a poem written from the POV of a flute on display at the Field Museum), and Carter Revard's "Postcolonial Hyperbaggage" A Few Poems of Resistance and Survival." And more.

Also, because I'm not pretending that the choice to review this particular book doesn't have context (problematic part being the actual request, not any of the essays linking to it), one quote from many that describes why that request is NOT okay:

description of Native American genocide )
So that "kink" of yours basically perpetuates and romanticizes part of what's responsible for the erasure of Native Americans. And context-free space only every truly exists on Bingo cards.
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Title: The "You" You See in the Engine.
Fandom: Firefly/Space Cases
Characters: Kaylee, Catalina
Rating: G
Summary: When you look into the engine you can see her eyes, and if you look even deeper you can see yourself.

You always knew the ship was alive. )
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Because I'm actually in love-love with the "five things" trope. Five things I believe about Fanfic, and how that affects what I write.

It's like 5 things fic, but with meta )

I should so do my pink soda post tomorrow. If I get enough work on my thesis done. Or a five things post on why I really like the five things fic structure. =P

ETA: Fixed HTML fail.
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Going through this old journal of mine, and picking out some random parts. Also, so happy I have legible handwriting. So pretty you wouldn't even know I was left-handed.



Why not everyone lives in Saiden. )

Non Saidenese in Saiden )
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These photos were taken by me at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, and of the North American and Australian exhibits as well as the adaptations building and PENGUINS!

Animals are here! )
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Written as one of the requested prompts from this meme.

Originally, I was planning for this to be just one, much longer, post, but when it comes to my field of study, especially with it being both a) obscure, and b) wide-ranging, any single post would take hours to come up with and be way too long and still leave out some of the important and interesting parts of museology as a discipline. So, I'd rather start short, and general, and then expand on certain topics in later posts.

This shouldn't be taken as a definitive sense of museology/museum studies, as it reflects only my own (relatively isolated) experiences with the Museum Studies program at the University of Washington, and even within that the curriculum you'd find that experiences vary widely even among students in the same year.

Museology (also called museum studies) is the study of how to organize and manage museums and museum collections. More generally, museum studies is a term used to denote academic programs, generally graduate programs, in the management, administration, or theory of museums.

Thank you Wikipedia, that's helpful.

It's a pretty accurate definition, although I would probably add something in about how interdisciplinary it really is. The center of the discipline is the place called "museum," rather than a specific body of knowledge, procedures or intellectual frameworks.
 

First I should probably define "museum" as it's used in Museology.

A museum is a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.

As it's applied to Museology, this would include "traditional museums" (a.k.a. institutions that have "Museum" attached to their name), but can also include:
  • Science Centers
  • Planetaria
  • Zoos
  • Aquaria
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Historical Houses/Sites
And, also partially:
  • Libraries/Archives (usually as part of a museum collection)
  • National Parks (in interpretation)
So museology concerns itself with the theory, skills, and practices involved with managing these institutions and their collections.
 

But, what exactly does one learn in Museology?

This is something I'll probably get into in a later post because there's a wide range of variation not just between programs within a program and even within individuals in the same class, depending on their area of interests.
 
Theoretical: The pondering of what the purpose of museums are, how they should be run, the role of museums in society and in adressing social issues, public perceptions of science/art, museums and law, informal education, visitor experience.
 
Practical: Skills needed to work as a museum director/educator/exhibit designer/curator/collections manager/registrar/audience researcher etc.
 
The UW Museology program is very practice based, at this point there's a required 6 credits of internships, and students are heavily encouraged to do more. Also networking. Networking is huge here, particularly in connecting the museology program to museums in Seattle.
 
  
For another perspective: Warning: Museum Graduate Programs Spawn Legions of Zombies (side note: the author of that post, Nina Simon, did teach a course for my program about social media and participatory design)
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characters from the liar game drama and manga
From left: Eri (drama), Leronira (manga), Nao (drama), Nao (manga), Fukunaga (drama), Fukunaga (manga), Yokoya (drama), Yokoya (manga). Fanart by Tsugumi.
 

Doing this somewhat telegraphically. Also, with linkage and eyecandy. Also, with minor spoilers.
 

My general preference Manga > Drama. I like the characters better, and I'm generally better with looking at still pictures instead of watching moving ones.

General Info

Liar Game is a seinen manga series originally written by Shinobu Kaitani and serialized in Weekly Young Jump magazine. In 2007 it was adapted into a drama series, with a second season in 2009 and a movie released in March 2010.

The Premise

Girl finds herself in the middle of a high-stakes game and can't get out. Girl loses money, convinces con-artist to help her get it back. Social psychology and hijinks ensue.
 

I've heard Liar Game compared to Death Note (because Akiyama's a genius who looks like a combination between L and Light, and there's mind games), but that's kind of inaccurate and fails to do Liar Game justice. It's more like a more optimistic version of Kaiji with a female hero instead of a male one and with a super-educated Akagi dragged in to be her ally.
 
Warning: TL;DR about obscure fandom ahead! )
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Title: Area of Expertise
Fandom: Liar Game
Characters: Fukunaga Yuuji, Kanzaki Nao, Akiyama Shinichi
Rating: T
Summary: Fukunaga has been training for this possibility for years, she's just never expected the zombie apocalypse to show up here of all places...
Notes: Find the updated version at Ao3

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So it seems like it's between this and the WTF museology (which will probably be a couple posts, as Random Collections Factoids could be a cool post in and of itself) for the meme. The neat thing was that I found out that my Aunt Bird is actually very good with remembering things, and so I ended up having a lot more family history facts than I thought I would.

When I refer to my family as ‘invisible immigrants’, I’m relating to a very specific line and members in my family. They are my Nan (grandmother), my mother, my Aunt Bird, and my Uncle Mike, plus my cousins and I who are the second-generation immigrants. This is not my complete lineage, which would include both the histories of my biological father (whom I don’t remember) and my stepfather (who is my “Dad”), but this is the “known quantity” in my background and the one that I’ve been raised to identify with.

Also, to speak of the elephant in the room ahead of time: What makes us invisible, both in the sense of passing for USians and receiving the associated privileges and in the sense that my family’s immigration story is getting erased even from our own history is the fact that we 1) are white, 2) come from a “first world” country (England), and 3) speak English as our native language, and while Nan had a British accent (I’m told, she sounded like Nan to me) my mother, aunt, and uncle did not. *


You really wouldn't guess that my family had this history. )




One last thing, to close on something of a funny culture-shock moment. I told my mother about my potentially becoming a dual citizen. Her response: “You don’t drink enough to be English!” My Aunt Bird agreed, though she did say that perhaps my tea consumption was high enough. Apparently, when she and my aunt were in England last year, some bloke offered to buy her a drink. My mom asked for a Diet Coke only to be told my by Great-grandma Miriam that it was not only rude to refuse someone’s offer to buy a drink, but it has to be a ‘real’ drink. So some etiquette there, courtesy of my English relatives.


Notes
[*] The picky linguistic anthropologist in me wants to say that everyone has an accent. My mother has a Midwestern American accent (she picks accents up quickly), and my Aunt and Uncle sound like U.S. Southerners.
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What kind of topics/entries would you like to see me posting about? Any particular questions you've always wanted to ask me but have resisted because the answer would be a huge essay? Ever want to wind me up and watch me go on a particular topic? Anything you've heard me say "I should write that entry about $foo I've been meaning to write" and have been patiently waiting for?

Since I'm kind of new here and don't really know anyone, I guess a few random topics to start off with: Where to get coffee in Seattle that isn't Starbucks, Seattle restaurant reviews, Other Seattle-related B.S., WTF is Museology/Museum Studies, Thesis talk, Growing up in an invisibly immigrant family, My thoughts on Yaoi/Yuri/Het/NAGPRA/Participatory Design/Abortion/Liar Game Manga v. Drama/etc., Album reviews for Shizukusa Yumi/Onitsuka Chihiro/Shiina Hekiru, Commentary on fics I've written, Random Western Astrology Musings, Recipes for Macaroni and Cheese/Lemony Chicken/Super Nommy but not Spicy Peanut Sauce/Truffles, Fandom Meta, Western TV I'm a fan of, Book reviews for books within a 3 foot radius of my desk, Awesome writing exercises from one of these books, why my grocery store needs to start restocking my favorite pink soda, pictures of my cats, pictures of flowers, questions about world-building, anything else you'd possibly ever want to know that won't logically lead to you being able to stalk me/steal my identity.

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