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  • Lee Isaac Chung, Minari (2020): Having an Amerikorean Life

    • Authors: Nagehan Uzuner
      Abstract: Minari by Lee Isaac Chung is a drama which is financed and produced by Netflix in 2020. Director Chung depicts the hardships and struggles of a Korean family who moves to the USA. Although the film takes place in the USA, the language of the film is bilingual, crystalyzing even further the acculturation process. This bilingualism of the film is an indication that the family lives in a hybrid micro-culture. Grandmother Yuh-Jung Youn, who embodies the concept of cultural migration in the film, won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar Award in 2021 (Oscar Awards, 2021). Steven Yeun, who made history as the first Asian American actor to be nominated for Best Actor, drew attention to the intermediary role of the film industry in globalization with this nomination. The film won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic and Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic, Presented by Acura at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, where it had its world premiere at the U.S. Dramatic Competition (Sundance Institute, 2021).Minari chronicles the life of a Korean family who moves to a rural area in the USA during 1980s. The 7-year-old Korean-American boy David moves to Arkansas with his family who encounters a new environment and lifestyle in Arkansas. David and his sister Anne are bored mostly with their new life, while their mother, Monica, is terrified of living in a mobile home which is made of a truck trailer in the middle of nowhere. Meanwhile, the grandmother joins the family to take care of the kids from Korea. Jacob takes his family and marriage on a dangerous adventure as he tries to spawn a farm on the virgin land that has never been touched before by any other people.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Mar 2022 10:56:16 PST
  • Minari: The Concealed Asian Aspiration Wrapped in the American Dream

    • Authors: Anh Luan Tran-Nguyen et al.
      Abstract: After the success of the Korean film Parasite, Minari – a quasi-autobiographical drama of the Korean-American film director Lee Isaac Chung – has again turned the global public’s attention to Korean culture at large. In this review, we shed light on two themes that we capture from the movie: tensions and compromises in chasing the American dream of immigrants. Although stories about pursuing the American dream are abundant, we know less about how that dream causes tensions at the individual and family levels and how the tensions are resolved. Minari is an excellent example to probe the unfolding issues relating to the challenges of Americanization.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Mar 2022 10:56:13 PST
  • Minari: The Invincible

    • Authors: Soonkwan Hong
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Mar 2022 10:56:10 PST
  • Hyphenated Globalization: First, Wide Propagation; Then, Gradual

    • Authors: Nikhilesh Dholakia et al.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Mar 2022 10:56:06 PST
  • Representing Africa in the ‘Coming to America’ Films

    • Authors: Samuel K. Bonsu et al.
      Abstract: Through an interpretive analysis of the two Eddie Murphy films "Coming to America" (CTA) and "Coming 2 America", spaced nearly 30 years apart, this review essay underscores the persistence of Orientalist Othering of Africa. The negative images of Africa that are so engrained in people have been facilitated in significant part by a strategic, but perhaps unconscious, effort to socialize audiences into an identity construction process that casts Africans as inferior. Despite attempts at favorable depictions of Africa, these processes continue to play out.
      PubDate: Sun, 19 Sep 2021 22:26:40 PDT
  • When We See Us: Coming 2 America and the Intricacies of Black
           Representation and Diasporic Conversation

    • Authors: Terri Bowles
      Abstract: This is a review essay of the film Coming 2 America (2021) by Craig Brewer, a follow-up to the 1988 comedy classic Coming to America , which stars Eddie Murphy as a newly crowned African king confronted with shifting family dynamics and evolving challenges to his royal authority. The review examines the cultural space occupying the 30 years that separate the first film and its sequel, and interrogates the structures of popular film and comedy that situate representational discourses of gender and diasporic Black representation.
      PubDate: Sun, 19 Sep 2021 22:26:37 PDT
  • Nomadland: The New Frontiers of the American Dream at the Periphery of the

    • Authors: Aleksandrina Atanasova et al.
      Abstract: This Dialogue contribution is based around the film Nomadland, which won five Oscars, including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actress. Nomadland, a captivating ode to resisting market logics of accumulation, delivers a gripping image of what life looks like in the absence of possessions. Navigating between the extremes of lack and social displacement, and community and newfound ability to live life with little, the nomads find ways to live in the face of despair and disenchantment. Nomadland is a critique of the death of the American dream while at the same time a story of solidarity amongst the dispossessed.
      PubDate: Sun, 19 Sep 2021 22:26:34 PDT
  • Race, Representation, Misrepresentation, Caricatured Consumption Tropes;
           and Serious Matters of Inequity and Precarity

    • Authors: Nikhilesh Dholakia et al.
      PubDate: Sun, 19 Sep 2021 22:26:31 PDT
  • Going Glocal in a Pandemic: Can Japan Offer Lessons for Others'

    • Authors: Masaaki Takemura
      Abstract: This Dialogue contribution draws some lessons from the Japanese countermeasures against the COVID-19 pandemic. It approaches this issue from a social point of view. Specifically, it focuses on social and cultural understanding process of an uncertainty event – in this case the COVID-19 pandemic, but also early instances – by the Japanese.
      PubDate: Fri, 25 Jun 2021 23:06:44 PDT
  • Consumption Behavior of Algerians During the Period of the Covid-19
           Pandemic Crisis

    • Authors: Kamel Chikhi
      Abstract: This Dialogue contribution is a reflection on the impact of crises and in particular that of Covid-19 on the behavior of Algerian consumers: before, during and post-crisis. It is recognized that during crises, consumers adopt unusual and more rational behaviors: buy basic necessities; save more to deal with possible difficult situations; place more importance on nutrition, health, food quality characteristics, price, psychological and socio-demographic characteristics; have purchasing and consumption intentions based on their cultural background and prefer to adopt planned behaviors. Observed events during the Covid-19 pandemic allows us to illustrate the evolution of consumption behavior of Algerians and to suggest some development prospects, particularly in terms of sustainability and social marketing
      PubDate: Fri, 25 Jun 2021 23:06:40 PDT
  • Pandemic, Human Precarity and Post-Pandemic Metaverses

    • Authors: Tracy Harwood
      Abstract: With the global COVID-19 pandemic and its continuing impacts, we have reached a nexus which places new emphasis on our understanding of ourselves and our relationship with others – other nations, other species, other worlds. A critical question is: Does this mean that our transition into the posthuman is complete' It is therefore with some interest that this Dialogue contribution approaches the review of Francesca Ferrando’s book (2019) titled Philosophical Posthumanism. Prior to and after the detailed review of the book, this Dialogue essay reflects on the precarity induced by the pandemic and possible socio-technological ways out of the current predicament.
      PubDate: Fri, 25 Jun 2021 23:06:37 PDT
  • FASTEN: An IoT platform for Supply Chain Management in a Covid-19 Pandemic

    • Authors: Fernando Lemos et al.
      Abstract: This paper points out the major disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It proposes an automated Internet-of-Things (IoT) based manufacturing and supply chain system, termed FASTEN, that can deal with such severe disruptions.
      PubDate: Fri, 25 Jun 2021 23:06:31 PDT
  • Rethink Everything 3: Markets, Globalization, Development

    • Authors: Nikhilesh Dholakia et al.
      PubDate: Fri, 25 Jun 2021 23:06:28 PDT
  • Elysium as a Social Allegory: At the nexus of Dystopia, Cyberpunk, and

    • Authors: Emre Ulusoy
      PubDate: Sun, 02 May 2021 17:51:25 PDT
  • Michael Kwet, People’s Tech for People’s Power: A Guide to Digital
           Self Defense and Empowerment (2020)

    • Authors: Gokcen Y. Karanfil
      PubDate: Sun, 02 May 2021 17:51:23 PDT
  • Pandemic and Õen Consumption in Japan: Deliberate Buying to Aid the

    • Authors: Kosuke Mizukoshi et al.
      Abstract: This dialogue contribution discusses whether it is possible to create favorable new social assistance under the market principles, based on the Ouen or Õen (aid) consumption in Japan. The meaning of consumption has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In Japan, aid consumption is increasing. This means helping local restaurants and producers by willfully and proactively buying and consuming their services and products. This is a favorable form of new social assistance and the result of strong marketing and market functions. The penetration of market forces may surpass pure altruistic behavior such as donations and gifts, by creating new market-linked forms of aiding, boosting and supporting.
      PubDate: Sun, 02 May 2021 17:51:21 PDT
  • Platformization of COVID and the Rise of Biosocial Surveillance

    • Authors: Handan Vicdan
      Abstract: The emergence of participatory medicine and patient-generated medical research and knowledge is gaining more traction, especially with the current global health crisis. Digital platform organizations bring together diverse market actors for partnership for the creation and distribution of aggregate medical data and find cures for diseases, hence challenging the conventional medical knowledge production and disease control. In this paper, I articulate how such platformization of patient/citizen-led medical research and disease control is organized and sustained through Foucauldian notion of biopower and Rabinow’s concept of biosociality to then draw attention to what I call biosocial surveillance, which is becoming increasingly relevant in today’s risk society. Indeed, global exacerbation of the Covid-19 pandemic pushes us to rethink the conventional slow-moving medical discovery and surveillance processes driven by dominant macro-institutions, and how the patient-citizen increasingly becomes an active partner of the surveillance of this pandemic together with macro institutions. I conclude with the limits and risks of biosocial surveillance through diverse platforms while acknowledging their efforts for a more democratized and accessible patient care and citizen-led medical research.
      PubDate: Sun, 02 May 2021 17:51:17 PDT
  • Rethink Everything 2: Markets, Globalization, Development

    • Authors: Nikhilesh Dholakia et al.
      PubDate: Sun, 02 May 2021 17:51:15 PDT
  • Bong Joon Ho, Okja (2017): Wounding the Feelings

    • Authors: Nagehan Uzuner
      Abstract: Okja is a cute fictitious pig which is created in the laboratory as a solution for the meat industry to prevent hunger, which is one of the important problems of our contemporary century and the near future of the humanity. This pig-like, depicted as an ecological food source of the industrial society, is commodified for the mediation of the spheres within the society. Okja, as a film, falls within the intersections of food industry, feminism, orientalism, mediatization and globalization concepts. I try to understand and redefine the movie through contradictions such as East-West, women-men, good-evil. The review reexamines multiple interacting concepts and highlights important sides of the globalization issues.
      PubDate: Mon, 08 Mar 2021 23:17:06 PST
  • Tanner Colby, Some of My Best Friends are Black (2012)

    • Authors: James W. Gentry
      PubDate: Mon, 08 Mar 2021 23:17:01 PST
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