Sunday, March 7, 2010

Journal 10: The Last Puff by Tien Dang

I think one of the interesting lines in the afterword is "The most immediate message conveyed by this volume is that the great divide between East and West is artificial" (Re-orienting Fashion, 254). It is constructed and molded into the East and West's belief that there is this great divide. But because of this ingrained belief, I wonder what would happen if the divide was to be lifted?

It sort of reminds me of the transition from high school to college. Many kids gripe and complain about lack of freedom from their ever so strict parents. Then when college hits, they freak out about the freedom and how it's "too much." When they're let loose and given the freedom to act and think on their own, it's sort of this crazy vulnerable situation where they love it, but they suddenly take on a lot more responsibility. It would be a bit chaotic.

It's also interesting on page 254 because the idea of the East being different from the West is ironic. There is this constant relationship because since there's a comparison, that means there's a relationship in the first place. It's a bit mind boggling to think about. Because everyone that promotes anti-fashion directly deals with what is considered fashion. It basically ties in with just daily bits of life like relationships with the people around us, our relationship to our work and school. We may try to make statements against something, but that statement directly evolved and developed in relation to what we are against.

This ties into the fee increases. People would not be protesting had the fees not increased according to the UC Newsroom.

Like how our anti-consumerism project or assignment is just as much aa part of the consumerism lifestyle. The two are inversely related, but anti-consumerism could not exist without consumerism. Crazy. Fortunately for me, I have no consumed anything except in the indulgence of chocolate, coffee, and food.


This sign would not exist had smoking not existed.

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