How is the Korean Beauty Industry Toxic and Problematic?
Korea has one of the strictest beauty standards globally, and the Korean beauty industry is no exception. They both push one type of look, lack diversity, and are responsible for the growth in cosmetic surgery as well as having detrimental effects on the mental health of consumers/society.
ANDROGYNY AS A CONSUMERIST TACTIC AND IT’S EFFECTIVE REDEFINITION OF MASCULINITY AND FEMININITY
Through a detailed analysis of Taemin's music video "Move", I explore the use of an androgyny aesthetic in East Asian pop culture as a consumerist tactic and propose resulting effects on masculinity and femininity roles and characteristics.
Inextricable Links: Fascism, Radical-Right Domestic Terrorism, and White Supremacy
The events of January 6th, 2021 are a strong example of a unique American ideology characterized by white supremacy, fascist ideology, and acts of domestic terrorism. This paper seeks to answer the following questions: How can these three factors be better understood within the context of one another, and what are the implications for contemporary American politics and society?
Vîvar Rumagnöl: Preserving Language Through Policy, Education, and Culture
This research paper focuses on the planning of preservation and revitalization of an endangered language of Italy, Romagnolo, through measures found in three different sectors of society: government, education, and culture. This tri-fold method shows how language can affect every aspect of a group’s identity and culture and is found to have a place in all businesses, schools, homes, and public offices.
Our project uses Google MyMaps to explore the historical and current globalization of chocolate as a commodity with a critical focus on the use of forced labor to facilitate this process. We illustrate the establishment of Mars Incorporated, the biggest chocolate manufacturer in the world.
Justifying Injustice: How Caricatured Depictions Of African Americans Impacted Worldwide Perception
Despite racist depictions of African Americans in art seeming to be behind us, the consequences of such representation, including its baggage of stereotypes along with it, live on. This paper will argue that the use of caricaturizing Black people throughout history is a form of propaganda, affecting the overall perception of African Americans and influencing policies that have determined them as belonging on the lower levels of the American caste system.
The Flower Boy Phenomenon: Complicating BTS' Soft Masculinity Within Competing K-pop Discourses
This research interrogates the transnational popularity of K-pop by using BTS and their soft masculine representation as a case study. I analyze how K-pop fans in the U.S. negotiate, consume, and circulate soft masculine imagery in online spaces while drawing attention to competing discourses regarding BTS and their soft masculine aesthetic.
The global cocaine trade is massively complex. It takes place across many different professional layers within varying international regions. Systematic instability and proliferous Western markets keep the industry highly profitable still to this day.