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The very first paper on NTNU

I was wondering maybe my whole life (at least, my academic life) would be
hounted by the plight of POORWRITING!

My very first paper in NTNU still
starts with 

writing  X!!!!!!!!
oh my god~~~~

I do not think much people would be interested in my Ph.D assignment, still,
as a memorial, I keep it here!
Native American Literature (Fall 2008)
Hsinchen Chiang (897210050)
Response Paper 1
October 7, 2008

Gerald Vizenor—the Advocate of Simulation
As far as our understanding on Vizenor’s writing and himself, one can tell that he has played various roles at the same time; in other words, he has different identities. For instance, he is a novelist, a poet and even a playwright; in the meantime, he is also a successful editor and an influential Indian writer publishing lots of theoretical articles about his own fellows and as well as their life in America. Still, what interests me most is how he identifies himself as a “postmodern figure” and how he applies the concepts of postmodern theorists to justify Indians in American, either in his fiction or nonfiction works. Being a powerful advocate of postmodern theories, Vizenor refers to the idea of simulation, which originated from French theorist Jean Baudrillard. Likewise, while Vizenor stresses on the plight and stereotyped image of Indians, the former in his book, Simulations, also applies his theory into the study of the minority and their simulation in America. The problematic of ethnicity has been discussed by both writers; therefore, Baudrillard’s postmodern theory has enforced Vizenor’s argument. Yet, unlike Baudrillard whose interest on the minority seems to be a practice of his own theory of simulation, who does not belong to his “object of study” (even though we are talking about human being here), Vizenor’s concern of the Indian springs from his own blood and can by no means be divided. Thus being an advocate of postmodern theory, Vizenor himself hardly forgets the core of his writing—the life of his Indian fellows and ceaselessly speaks for them.

Baudrillard, Jean. Simulations. Trans. Philip Beitchman. New York: Semiotext(e), 1983.


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the sign

This is the talisman that I bought last year in Japan. It came from a famous temple which is shown in Geisha. the exact temple in which the heroine runs across numerous red gateway.
the talisman is meant to protect the one who wears it and to reconcile the possible danger before hand.
Usually, I am not a very superstitious person. however this kind of trivial signs always bother me a lot.
Every time something close to me is broken or lost, I could not help but wonder if there was something happened and I did not know for the moment and forever.
The sense of insecurity would annoy me for a while until the busy life schedule pushs me further.

On the other hand, I am kind of released at this moment, for I tend to assume this talisman had
solved some possible problem or danger for me.

This evening on my way to the MRT station, this Fox-shaped talisman dropped on the elevator.
Immediately I pick it up and keep it in my bag.
Then once again, I wonder what could happen and what would happen~

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