Joe, a smiling man with silver hair and eyeglasses in a blue plaid shirt.
Please Remember Me explores aging. How do health and social needs change over any person’s life? How do economic development, urbanization, and current health care systems affect our families? If the film opened your eyes to a new field of research, check out the library resources below for further reading or viewing options.
Start with the tab on Aging in the LibGuide for Social Work: Policy for international projects, divisions, and centers. Seniors are a special topic of research, affecting legal issues, psychology, and respect for wisdom. Or if you are looking for data, this LibGuide on Public Health can prepare you for an appointment
“The Age of the World Picture” by World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations is licensed under CC BY 2.0
with a librarian. Caitlin Mannion is NYU Shanghai’s Social Work Librarian and she maintains a Shanghai-specific LibGuide on Social Work.
You may want to set up email alerts about new articles published in the top journals, listed at the bottom of the LibGuide on Social and Public Policy. Journals are published on different schedules; some once or twice a year, others every month or so. With alerts, you don’t have to remember to visit a website. Instead, you receive the table of contents listing the new releases. Or you can request notices for specific topics or authors most relevant to your research. This is how many professors keep up to date on research in his or her discipline.
What did the movie or discussion prompt you to think about? If you are interested in pursuing one as part of your research this semester for a class paper, check with the library. You may want to start with the materials listed below (films, books, and databases of research articles). I’ll also explain using subject-specific databases to improve your search results on a broad term, such as “justice.”
If you missed the movie, want to watch it again, or share with a classmate, you are welcome to check out the DVD on 4F. Ask at the library desk. We have a viewing room (bring your own headphones; sorry no popcorn allowed) in case your laptop doesn’t have a DVD player. I know mine doesn’t; but it’s so much lighter than my last laptop! You may also check with IT about their DVD player loan.
Were you expecting the mini-series based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name? Don’t worry, that DVD box is also available to watch in our viewing room on 4F.
Chai Jing felt she had to live under a dome in Beijing, inspired by King’s story. She trained as a reporter, the skills you are learning at university. She asked questions about her daily life. In 2017, Anna Lora-Wainwright wrote a similar perspective for MIT Press: Resigned Activism: Living with Pollution in Rural China (on the shelf in the library at TD187.5.C6 L67 2017). What questions do you have?
Deep thinking or Critical thinking takes time. It evolves slowly rather than in 2-4 hours of writing a term paper. Critical thinking builds upon skills librarians call information literacy. There are six; let’s focus on two, Reseach is Inquiry and Scholarship is Conversation.
The film, Wolf Warrior 2, is also available to watch in the library’s viewing room or check out for your own DVD player. It presents a thrilling view of international development (sometimes called international aid) and peacekeeping. My mind is still thinking about different perspectives on foreign policies and nationalism. Some films for comparison include Operation Red Sea or We Come As Friends. The latter may be less thrilling, but it is honest to local viewpoints, and a list of resources from We Come as Friends Film Friday in May 2018 is available.
In a university setting, debating comparative politics or US-China relations happens in journal articles. An excellent example of one conversation over the years is published in International Security.