For this final report, I have decided to bring back one person from our history that not only brought fame and importance to his civilization but without a doubt greatly impacted the world. This historical character is known as Temujin, Universal Khan, and more commonly known as Genghis Khan.
I found myself in the Mongolian plateau around 1200CE. The Mongols of the time were nomadic societies that lived in this plateau, and their culture added to the amount of land and horses they had encouraged kids to quickly learn how to ride a horse and how to be ready to fight. But, it is very interesting to mention that however looking barbaric, they seemed to have a well-established leadership system with the Khan (King) at the top. Our main character Genghis Khan had yet to write its legacy, but he did so very fast as his nomadic society encountered ecological and kidnapping issues.
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Discussion Board Week 8
DISCUSSION BOARD ASSIGNMENT #4 (TOTAL: 500 words minimum)
Please look at the pictures and illustrations at the bottom and respond to both of the following questions.
1) Said says that “The relationship between the Occident (the West) and the Orient (the East) is a relationship of power, of domination, of varying degrees of a complex hegemony…” (highlighted on p. 49).” How do you believe that Picture #1 of a Singapore port could be used to illustrate this, alongside Said’s thesis of Orientalism? How do you think that Picture #2, which is taken by a Chinese photographer who did not embrace an Orientalist view, might confirm the existence of Orientalism?
Note: I found Pictures #1 & 2 during archival research and limited information is available on them. Picture #1 includes no British or white people. The manual laborers (without shirts) are Chinese. The public officers (working for the British colonial government; in white dress) are likely Malay (who are native to the peninsula where Singapore is located). Picture #2 is a Chinese laborer in Singapore.
2) Lewis’s chapter on gendering Orientalism discusses how white women would both challenge and propagate dominant Orientalist/imperialist views. Can you name some ways in which Isabella Bird’s illustrations (also of Malaya, which included Singapore) offer such a gendered view? How might they challenge or confirm views held in Picture #1? (Links to an external site.)
Please see the article at the link and respond to the following question.
Article: https://daily.jstor.org/how-colonialism-shaped-body-shaming/ (Links to an external site.)
1) In light of the information in the article, would you agree that understanding colonial history and Orientalist views could be important for understanding our lives in the Global North today? Why or why not?