Ally Week: Deaf Culture

Be an Ally. Learn about the Deaf Community.  Explore the abilities and lifestyles of people experiencing limited hearing.

I was lucky enough to grow up near a university with a degree in translation, including ASL (American Sign Language). If you are interested in languages, comparing the differences between German-based sign languages, such as ASL, and later languages, such as British Sign Language, and the histories behind their diverse developments, it is a rich subject.

The films focused on children.  If you are inspired to research, the following links are a good start.

Approaches to Social Research: The Case of Deaf Studies. Alys Young and Bogusia Temple.  Oxford University Press, 2014.  Shanghai Main H62 .Y6668 2014

Diversity in Deaf Education. Eds. Marc Marschark, Venetta Lampropoulou, and Emmanouil Skordilis, Oxford, 2016.

Deaf Gain: Raising the Stakes for Human Diversity.  HDL Bauman and JJ Murray.  University of Minnesota Press, 2014.

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Asako I & II: Borders and the Self in Cinema

How does one know “Who am I?”  What does it mean to know “Who are you?” If the

film inspires you to study film or philosophy, the library is here to help.  Read on to find our best bets for researching directors, screenplays, and movie-making worldwide (including film streaming services to watch on your laptop) or try some books online or on paper.

Be sure to read Simone de Beauvoir’s introduction to The Second Sex  (2 copies on 4F at HQ1190 .S42 1997) and Dejima and Gilbreath’s chapter, “Tsunamis and Earthquakes in Japanese Literature” in Japan after 3/11: Global Perspectives on the Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Meltdown.

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History can be a fascinating lens to study every facet of life.  History of science brings alive the changes in scientific thinking.  History of literature follows the development of stories, plot devices, formats, and distribution.  Studying history helps us find the facts inside folklore.  If you are inspired to research start with these resources.  Then follow up with a librarian, in person on 4F or online.

Mickey Mouse Monopoly. 52 mins.  Media Education Foundation. 2014

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a girlhood among ghosts.  Maxine Hong Kingston. Vintage, 1989.  Shanghai CT275.K5764 A33 1989

The Mouse that Roared: Disney and the end of Innocence.  Henry Giroux and Grace Pollock. Rowman & Littlefield, 2010.

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I Sidet: Forced Exile

I Sidet: Forced Exile introduces us to internally displaced persons and those who have crossed international borders, becoming refugees. Feminist perspectives and critical assessment of non-governmental organizations are also explored in this film. Religion and location also play a part. If any of these topics inspire you as research topics in class, explore some of the following books available on the fourth floor or electronically.

China’s homeless generation: voices from the veterans of the Chinese Civil War, 1940s-1990s
Fan, Joshua • 2011; Routledge                                                                                                  book jacketNYU Shanghai Library (China) Main Collection (DS777.542 .F36 2011)

Contesting feminisms: gender and Islam in Asia              Ahmed Ghosh, Huma • 2015; SUNY Press



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What sort of cities have you lived in before?  What do you hope cities will offer in your lifetime?

After watching Anthropocene and listening to the discussion, the following books and resources can help you further explore opinions and opportunities for research.  If you don’t know which topics might be relevant, visit Oxford Bibliographies and search Anthropocene.  The results run the gamut from Conservative Biogeography to Common World Childhoods, Paleolimnology to Water Availability.  Whenever you are starting a new research topic, these bibliographies offer a short introduction explaining the leading arguments and variety of viewpoints.  Ask a librarian for help to “Find this resource”–sometimes the links break, but we can find another path.

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We Come as Friends

This film presents some current issues in Africa.  Questions of responsibility, support, influence, and many more come to mind.  Which will you follow for a term paper this year or next fall?  If you are inspired to learn more, the library on 4F has several books and journal articles from the speakers, directors, and facilitators.

Check out the shelves around DT and HG in the stacks.

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The Wedding Banquet

Cultural exchange and interaction are priceless, if difficult.  What are some of the practices and traditions you observed for the first time in this film?

Why do some situations lead an observer to think cultures are mutually exclusive?  How can one reconcile competing expectations between different environments?

If this movie inspires you to explore culture, psychology, directors, or authors, the library can connect you with other films, novels, and research.  The links below include print and ebooks (but you are invited to skim and read specific chapters) and remember Bobst can scan a small portion of a book, sometimes a chapter.

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If this film prompts you to explore further, the library can connect you with several different paths of research.  Read on to learn about how to analyze film or locate similar types of films to watch.

From music videos to a documentary–did the director succeed?  Does his experience in filming music influence his choices in crafting the documentary? If film analysis sounds interesting to you, explore the shelves on 4F around the call numbers in PN 1995.

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Ex Machina

This film has generated a lot of discussion online; beware of spoilers if you search now.

After watching, the library invites you to explore any ideas it brought to mind.  For example, what does it mean to doubt?  Why do we doubt?  What is it about science fiction that highlights flaws in current society?  What is in store for the future?

The books below are but a short list for continuing your education through conversation with filmmakers, authors, and classmates.

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Gold Underground

How can we work with coal?  Whose lives are affected by each change made or missed?

Continue the conversations begun as you watched the film, with classmates, professors, or visiting lecturers.  Dig deeper into the processes, people, and permutations of coal, its refinement, regulation, and replacement.  The following links lead you to reports and books.  Ask a librarian to locate additional avenues of research.


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