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Everything we’ve been taught about peer review is wrong 0

Everything we’ve been taught about peer review is wrong

Flashback to high school. Your teacher asks the class if they have copies of their first drafts. Only 75% of your classmates actually brought them. Now, the teacher hands you some guidelines to follow....

The #1 Rule for Creating Content 0

The #1 Rule for Creating Content

As soon as I saw the raw cuts of meat strewn across the table stand, I knew I was far away from home. The flies buzzed in circles around the piles of flesh, dodging...

What is “Cross-Cultural Music Making?” 0

What is “Cross-Cultural Music Making?”

Recently, one of my favorite styles of music is electronic music. Its potential is seemingly unlimited. Electronic House and Trance artists conjure clips of bass, computer, and voice recordings, shaping them into an audible...

Bridging the Gap between “Us” and “them” 0

Bridging the Gap between “Us” and “them”

This week we read the novel Forgotten Country, by Catherine Chung. You can find the main premises of the book here. In class I couldn’t help but notice the the interplay between moral obligation and...

Lost and Adrift (LẠC TRÔI) by Sơn Tùng M-TP 0

Lost and Adrift (LẠC TRÔI) by Sơn Tùng M-TP

This song struck me in particular recently. Perhaps the most viewed Vietnamese music video on Youtube. I’ll probably dissect the lyrics at a later date. I won’t try to describe the song to you....

Stars to the State and Beyond: Globalization, Identity, and Asian Popular Music (Article Review) 0

Stars to the State and Beyond: Globalization, Identity, and Asian Popular Music (Article Review)

If you would like to read the source article first, follow the link. I used to hate popular music when I first understood the concept. During those times, it seemed like a group I could...

Re-evaluating Research for Everyday Assignments 0

Re-evaluating Research for Everyday Assignments

I finished the weekly reading and I noticed something was wrong. I did not feel that familiar feeling of impression. Unusual; I always feel like I’ve gained a new perspective after finishing a novel....

Hybridity 0

Hybridity

The idea of “hybridity” really struck me this week in class. I’ve heard of similar concepts about culture before (although I can’t remember where). Culture isn’t made up of just one singular thing. It is influenced by multiple areas in your life. The two most driving forces designing one’s culture include one’s heritage, and one’s environment. Simultaneously, these two forces continually interact and forming an individual’s cultural identity.

Skype for Global Education Disparities? 0

Skype for Global Education Disparities?

  Advancing technology defines the evolving nature of human communication. Our interactions rely increasingly on our cell-phones, computers, and most significantly, the internet. As an Anthropology student, I have started to notice a few...

The Politics of Remembering, the Economics of Forgetting (Article Review) 0

The Politics of Remembering, the Economics of Forgetting (Article Review)

If you would like to read the original article first, follow the link. This book was one of the first books I found about contemporary popular music in Viet Nam. While I haven’t been...