final project paper

Humanities

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The final project provides you with an opportunity to explore a topic of personal interest in greater detail. The three general types of projects are:

Fieldwork or ethnographic: This type of project is built around research in which you use tools of ethnographic scholarship to observe and write about a particular event. Papers could develop in any number of directions—for example, writing about performances of world music, visiting a festival, or observing ritual experience at religious services.

Analytical or theoretical: You may choose to explore an issue we have discussed this semester (such as appropriation, representation, authenticity, etc.) as it relates to a particular music culture. An examination of the relation between politics and music or between diasporic communities and their music is also a possibility.

Historical or area study: Some of you may choose to investigate a particular genre of music from an historical perspective, or consider how constructions of the past may influence modern understandings of indigenous music. Others of you might wish to come to a better understanding of a particular area of the world and the ways in which music addresses cultural, societal, and political issues within that area.

7 and 9 pages double-spaced

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USE THE DOCUMENT I UPLOADED!!!

USE THE DOCUMENT I UPLOADED!!!

USE THE DOCUMENT I UPLOADED!!!


Professor's comment: The topic is interesting, but you need to be much more specific about what you mean by "Western deception on gender inequality in the perspective of Mulan Music." What musical examples are you actually going to study, and how do you plan to find out about gender inequality through these examples? It is also unclear right now how gender is connected to the issues of cultural appropriation and representation in these cases. I suggest you to narrow your topic down and focus on one single issue and find two to three specific musical examples to work on. Your first source is written by an undergraduate student, but published in a peer-reviewed journal article so I'll accept it this time. But do read it and see whom she cites and see whether the texts she cites are better for your project. Your second source is a book review, so it doesn't count as an article. Cite the book that is being reviewed instead (by James Young). Your third source is not very relevant to your topic. If you need sources about gender and music, you should select sources about Chinese music and/or Disney movie music. Your fourth source is great. Read it and see what texts she cites.

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Final Project Prospectus Research Topic Investigating the western interpretation, cultural appropriation, and representation using the songs, The Lion King and Mulan Research Question Investigating the Western deception on gender inequality in the perspective of Mulan Music Methodologies This research paper intends to examine how a western culture views gender inequality from the perspective of Mulan Music. Therefore, it is important to find the most credible information possible on Mulan and the cultural views and norms. This research will explore this topic through academic articles For this independent research, the methodology most effective will be a content analysis of credible articles from researchers who have exclusively researched this topic. Academic articles such as the research conducted by James O. Young on 'Cultural Appropriations and the Arts' alongside the report prepared for the same and the information by Michelle Anya Anjirbag in the article, "Mulan and Moana: Embedded Coloniality and the Search for Authenticity in Disney Animated Film. Moreover, the articles named "Music of South Africa" and "Hua Mulan: A Girl Worth Fighting for Hilary Sotomayor", particularly provided a conflicting argument essential in completing the research paper. Analysis After examining the articles, the analysis will depend on the reliability and accuracy of the information provided. The analysis will aim at establishing how western culture view gender inequality. Part Two: Bibliography Sotomayor, Hilary. "Hua Mulan: A Girl Worth Fighting For." This article narrates how Hua Mulan, a female warrior in Disney's Mulan (1998) had a celebrated cultural, political, and historical significance in Chinese society. This source is useful for this study because it provides in-depth information about how the females contributed to the establishment of the Chinese culture. The source also gives detailed encounters females had while operating in such environments. Carrier, David. "Cultural Appropriation and the Arts James O. Young." Curator: The Museum Journal 52.2 (2009): 213-215. This source is equally important for the research because before conducting the research, it is better to locate a credible definition of cultural appropriation. The article gives adequate information on cultural appropriations. Throughout the chapters, the article narrates how cultural appropriation has occurred in most parts of the globe. Muller, Carol A. Focus: Music of South Africa. Routledge, 2010. The article is organized into two parts. The first part provides a wide view of how the historical, media and political environment of South Africa had been shaped by the music records, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". The second part is an exclusive discussion on Graceland (1986). This article is essential because it gives a detailed view of the impact of music on gender roles and gender relationships. Anjirbag, Michelle Anya. "Mulan and Moana: Embedded Coloniality and the Search for Authenticity in Disney Animated Film." Social Sciences 7.11 (2018): 230. The final article is that of Anjirbag which examines the concept of diversity, coloniality, and necessity. The article analyzes the shift in the process of appropriation and adaptation in major film producing companies. It compares the depiction of cross-cultural and diverse womanhood between Moana (2016) and Walt Disney Animation Studio’s Mulan (1998). Works Cited Anjirbag, Michelle Anya. "Mulan and Moana: Embedded Coloniality and the Search for Authenticity in Disney Animated Film." Social Sciences 7.11 (2018): 230. Muller, Carol A. Focus: Music of South Africa. Routledge, 2010. Carrier, David. "Cultural Appropriation and the Arts James O. Young." Curator: The Museum Journal 52.2 (2009): 213-215. Sotomayor, Hilary. "Hua Mulan: A Girl Worth Fighting For." ...
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