Tuesday, December 14, 2010

what is difference between Asian and western fashion

 The objective was to provide research-based insights from two groups of respondents as to their perceptions, preferences and desire to purchase Chinese – influenced Western dress.
Design/methodology/approach – Ten images of models in designer clothing were selected that varied in degree of Chinese influence. College students from a US and a Chinese university, numbering 55 and 56 respectively, were asked to respond by ranking each image to discern their perceptions of ethnic influence and their preferences for and desire to purchase each of the ten images. Responses were compared and analyzed.
Findings – A conclusion based upon analysis of responses was that degree of Chinese influence was less critical than the aesthetic character of the form itself. Some disagreement occurred in respondent's highest ranked preferences. Regarding preference and desire to purchase, US respondents ranked them similarly, while Chinese students ranked them differently.
Research limitations/implications – The sample was confined to College students with similar majors in the two countries. Limiting the sample in this way offered control in age and interest, but also limited application of results.
Practical implications – This study addressed the perceptions, preferences and purchasing desires for dress with Chinese influence in a cross cultural perspective. Respondents in this study preferred effective design of the whole image and not simply a borrowing of disparate ethnic attributes.
Discovering the differences between Asian and western culture is at first difficult because the definition of "Asian culture" is an extremely broad and varied classification. Truly there are many Asian cultures from the Shinto, Mahayana Buddhist, Capitalist culture of Japan to the Confucian, Buddhist, Christian, Shamanistic traditions of South Korea to Marxist, Buddhist, Taoist, ancestor worshiping China with Hindu, Buddhist, Spiritist Thailand and many other cultures along the way. In reality, it is vary difficult to define a larger "Asian culture" based on the geography. There is simply so much variation within the area both in terms of economic development and in terms of cultural and historical influences.
 find that many asian horror films are not so much about whether the ghost is real (if it's a ghost story), an american film will typically question whether a ghost or supernatural being is real but in asian film it seems more like you are just supposed to accept that whatever you see is real and move on with the story of why it's there/what it wants/how they died. I really like that aspect. I find that people with psychic abilities etc are also used in the same way, where they are just "real" not questioned.
Both are gory but I find current western films (with some exceptions) lack a well thought out plot while asian films seem to have more of a plot to them with gore only in some scenes.
I have also noticed that a number of asian "horror" films are actually more comedic and not really meant as true horror, yet many westerners list them as part of their horror favs. I don't believe western films have a good grasp on this whole gore/comedy thing. The film Hatchet was a great attempt at making a film of this nature but if you read message boards about the film you will see that many viewers did not get that it was meant to be funny and said it was poorly acted. Too bad it is a great film.

Older (70's 80's) western horrors are amazing and are actually tied with my love of asian horror, not sure I could pick between the 2. If we are talking current films than asian films win.
Well,I think the difference is a simple one:Asian horror is a lot more about setting the mood and suspense.Yes,they have a really good amount of gore sometimes and the scares are great,but it's the set up that really brings the point home.Western horror it seems,with a few exceptions,is mostly about straight gore,shock and some nudity,with very little set up most of the time.Which is not to say that this doesn't make a good movie,quite the contrary,lol.Many of my favorite horror movies are nothing more than gore fests,with some naked teenagers thrown in for good measure.However,in my opinion,the Asian films have a bit more of an edge to them and therefore they come across as more disturbing and scary.As to which to type I prefer,well I would have to say that while I'm a fan of all horror movies,it's the western ones that really hold a special place in my heart.I grew up watching Jason,Freddy,Micheal,and Leather-face,just to name a few and I still watch them to this day,ha ha.But,I suppose if I was to have grown up watching the Asian movies,then they would be my favorites instead.I guess it's like Albert Einstein said"Everything is relative.",which means we enjoy what we enjoy,lol.Have fun watching whichever movies you enjoy and I hope my answer has been helpful.
asian horror movies are more subtle and psychological. there's less blood and gore, less limbs flying around, no tortureporn, no random teenagers having sex, naked people or other random "scary" things that happen for no reason.

Most Asian movies i've seen have a decent plot, well-formed characters. They're in believable settings. Things usually happen in a house, in the city - making the horror "believable", like it could happen to anyone. They also put more emphasis on ghosts and spirits, dreams, etc. While Western movies put emphasis on murderers, psycho killers, flying limbs, gore, etc. Asian horror tends to be scary in a subtle way, without being over-the-top and cheesy.

A short while ago we published a story by Takao Aoyama, who questioned the global craze for Asian women among a large number of non-Asians.  He asked some very fundamental, hard-hitting questions – if they are so cool and pretty, how come the rest of the world is still imitating Britney Spears?  
In response to that article, MYNIPPON has received hundreds of emails and we have published selected ones in the past.  However, the emails do not seem to stop.  This is an issue that has generated strong passions among people of all nations but the overall themes that emerge take two paths – One, Asians (including Japanese) should be proud of their culture, heritage, and physical attributes and not spoil or abandon these since these are part of their uniqueness and two, everyone should be free to live the way the want to and if that means abandoning your roots, it is perfectly acceptable.

We believe that the beauty of this world comes from diversity.  What a dull place would this planet be if we were all alike!  Emilie has discovered the passion for Asia through her relationship with a Japanese man.  She writes, “I am a white American girl, dating a Japanese male. I never was attracted to Asian men growing up until I met a few in college and got hooked. It's not that I am an Asian-wannabee, but that I simply am fond of Asian features. I also really admire the Japanese culture and look forward to living in Japan someday. I don't pre-judge Japanese girls who dye their hair lighter or wear western fashion. It's sad that some people are not satisfied with themselves, but others are just following the trends. It's natural that people just want to fit in, as long as they don't go overboard. When I went to Japan for the first time, I admit that I was tempted to dye my hair black, not because I don't like the way I look, but because I felt uncomfortable having people stare at me all the time. But after a while, I became more comfortable in my own skin. I think that's something that everyone has to deal with in their own way and at their own pace. And not every Asian girl looks bad with blond hair. Maybe they feel more comfortable with blond hair. Some would argue that people shouldn't get nose jobs or implants to make themselves look different. I think it's just up to the individual, and people shouldn't be so judgmental about what others do. Perhaps the saddest thing is when people judge others so harshly.”

Duane, who lives in Japan and studies the culture more closely, does not approve of this behavior.  He comments, “It is true that anyone can choose who they want to be with or who they prefer to live their lives with.  What bothers me the most is how can you choose one race of men over another without being racist or prejudiced?  Most of all, how can you completely turn your back on your own culture and assume that you are welcome into another culture?  Just because your skin color is similar, doesn't make you the same.  What will you teach your kids?  Will you tell your kids that the only good color is white?  Now, speaking of hair color, I think the whole thing with Japanese changing their hair color to other than their natural black hair is completely obnoxious.  I think Japanese need to find their own unique individuality - be yourself.”
Leon Alexander, a Brazilian who lives in the UK, and has a Japanese girlfriend is concerned too about the lack of originality in Japanese fashion and style these days.  He thinks that Japanese pop culture sucks and the only good music comes out of the underground groups.  He writes, “The trend with some young Japanese girls dying their hair blonde, wearing ridiculously high platform shoes and putting on dark brown makeup that covers their entire face is laughable”.  He is however not sure if anything can be done about it by Japan lovers and comments, “If this culture is really dying, then us from outside Japan have no real power to stop it.  We can talk about it till we're blue in the face .

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