Contributors/Process Notes

    First, Get Your University: Intellectual Ideal vs. Mass Appeal? / Chua Xin Rong ________________________________________________________ Chua Xin Rong, who is majoring in Applied Mathematics, wrote this paper for Philip Holden’s class The Idea of the University.   Writer’s Comments   I was initially intimidated by the lens essay. I knew that it involved using…

Cinematic Constructions of the Eco-Native: A Discourse on Modernity

Madhumitha Ardhanari Contemporary variations of an old trope, the “noble savage,” frequently depict indigenous peoples as natural ecologists, at one with nature, resulting in a form we might call the “eco-native.” The eco-native has been featured in contemporary films that address environmental themes, especially those concerning tropical forests. Such films include The Emerald Forest and…

Through the Looking Glass: Real Natives in an Ideal World

Ng Hui Ying   Ethnographic documentaries have, in general, followed a standard formula. Western, fair-skinned anthropologist, sporting the typical brown vest and canvas boots of such documentaries, travels to an exotic land to study the indigenous people and their culture and records a documentary, bringing it home for audiences to watch. Documentaries such as these…

Revitalizing Culture through Gaming: “Boundary Objects” and Properness in the Design of a Virtual Reality Game System

Liu Zenan   The Digital Songlines Environment (DSE) is a virtual reality game system aimed at preserving and promoting Australian Aboriginal heritage, arts and culture. The system features a realistic virtual landscape with local flora and fauna, embedding oral histories as well as mythological stories within its narratives and story line. Similar to currently popular…