Project & Topic Ideas: Movies! Food! Pop Culture! Etc.

While looking around JSTOR and MCLC, I came up with several potential paper topics that I thought would be really interesting to research. The first I came up with was “Representations of Martial Arts in Chinese Historical Films”. I’d want to discuss the various methods popular in showcasing martial arts in Chinese Film. I’d also talk about the origins of Chinese Martial Arts films, classic examples, and then try to discuss the reason behind the style of presentation. At this point in time, I’m not entirely sure what my thesis would be. I want to see a larger variety of films, and read more texts, before fully committing to a research question. Thankfully that should not be hard. I have found a large number of secondary writing on the subject, and using a combination of yesasia and amazon, I don’t think I’ll have any trouble getting my hands on the movies themselves.

Another possible topic I came up with would focus on Chinese food blogging. I know of a small number of Chinese food blogs written in english, and if I used TasteSpotting and similar sites, I could probably manage to find a few more. I must admit that I have not looked into this topic as much as I have the other one; I thought of this much more recently. But I think it would be extremely fun to research, and is certainly something that I very much enjoy. I would be limited in my research by my inability to read Chinese (cutting out, I’d imagine, a fair number of Chinese Food Blogs), but I think that there are enough multi-language food blogs that I think the topic is worth proposing. As far as secondary resources is concerned, I can think of several generic blogging articles and books, but none offer a specifically Chinese perspective. However, given the number of blogs and online journals available, I don’t think I’ll have much trouble with finding material for this topic.

Let me know what you think!

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