Sunday, February 28, 2010

Week 9: The Sphere of Influence of Western Clothing

Through understanding the Shanghai Exhibit and that I've several articles read for this course, the impact of Western influence provided a siginificant change in the way these Asian countries are established on a socioeconomic and political perspective. In Doriene Kondo's article, the author sums up the overall change in Fashion from it's more traditional to adapting to a more Western look and the role of genders that come into play for these type of clothes. However, seemed to have slowly lost their identity in some form based on these influences. According to Kondo in the end, it mentions that the post-WW II period, the westernization of fashion will continue at a more faster pace and its street scene became confused (470). The overall attitude and demeanor that was inputted in Japan when they were an Empire during that time was gone and shifted to other things. In an interview, it mentions about how Japan was trying to make amends with their actions after World War II and to start off how to set goals for themselves in how they can improve their situation ( No set goals have left this country to be unable to create their identity and may have been conservative in the way approach things especially in the international community.

With Japan's with the sub-cultures that are made among the youth (Ganguro, Kawaii, etc.) maybe there is a reason why they chose. While I do think that it's a sense of expression of who they are and "liberated" from all restraints that they don't like to conform to. I think that these failures of the younger generation to not acknowledging traditional may contribute to the older generation not being able to educate the customs and traditions that once was apart of their culture prior to World War II. This establishment gave certain freedoms for their citizens, but at the same time forgot what they are prior to their modernization from Western influence.

As for my compact challenge in not buying (or getting free) a new shirt, so far last night this was as tough of a challenge than I could ever imagine. I was in Downtown San Jose for a Hip-Hop dance competition known as Battlefest and there were a couple of vendors that sold some pretty good designs. My brother persuaded me not to buy a shirt: "I don't think I really need a t-shirt right now, got too many." I'm all for the support indepedent labels. Afterwards, I was glad enough to just spend my money on Vietnamese food in the Eastern portion of the city for dinner since we were very hungry.

Kondo, Dorine. "The Aesthetics and Politics of Japanese Identity in Fashion Industry." Dress and Identity. ed. Joanne B. Eicher, Kim K.P. Johnson, and Mary Ellen Roach-Higgins. New York: Fairchild Publications, 1995. pp. 465-473

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