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Putting Yourself Out There: A conversation on social science research and its realities — Part 1

What could diving deep into ethnographic fieldwork, a key tool of social science research, look like? What to do with the academic pressure of “objectivity”, the baggage of bias and emotions, and the responsibilities social science researchers carry in today’s world? Mattie Balagat, a clueless GDP student interested in pursuing anthropological research, seeks answers to such questions [which may or may not be answered] through conversations with Professor Haruna Miyagawa.

Putting Yourself Out There: A conversation on social science research and its realities — Part 2

What could diving deep into ethnographic fieldwork, a key tool of social science research, look like? What to do with the academic pressure of “objectivity”, the baggage of bias and emotions, and the responsibilities social science researchers carry in today’s world? Mattie Balagat, a clueless GDP student interested in pursuing anthropological research, seeks answers to such questions [which may or may not be answered] through conversations with Professor Haruna Miyagawa.

Beasts of No Nation – How A War is Lost

What Beasts of No Nation, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, is about is not only the loss of war, but also about how war is loss. War is a lost cause, and no matter whose side you’re on there’s no going back. By depicting an African child being dragged into a civil war, everything he once knew taken away from him, Fukunaga paints a poignant and uncomfortable picture of war’s human cost.

Visuals and Society: The Mind Thinks What the Eyes See

From the early era of television and newspaper domination to the explosion of social media, visual-based publicity has had fundamental effects on the minds of mankind. In this paper, Le Ngan Ha Dieu argues that visual publicity now is sometimes only what we aspire for, not entirely representing our reality.

The Interpreter of Maladies – Review

“Interpreter of Maladies” illustrates the dangerous romanticism between a young mother and the family’s tour guide on their vacation in India, implying various themes connected to gender expectations. This critical analysis will focus on such depictions of traditional gender roles and their disparities through the thoughts and actions of the two main characters.

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