Author: Stephanie Carta

Searching for Bodhisattva Guanyin in ‘Journey to the West’

Before I read Journey to the West, I was intrigued by the syncretic worldview common to Confucian cultures: a synthesis of Confucian philosophy, Taoist practice, and Buddhist religion. As a lifelong student of the social sciences and humanities, I have researched conflicts of the western monotheistic world fueled by the politics of religious identity, including Northern Ireland. Why do some cultures employ faith as a weapon in political conflicts while others embrace a flowing and dynamic perspective on spiritual life is, of course, an open and intriguing question. My personal faith-less life affords me a disinterested perspective able to...

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Complicated Families in Post-War Japanese Film: Yasujiro Ozu’s ‘Tokyo Twilight’

At the time of their release, the films of Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu (1903-1963) did not have as wide a distribution or critical recognition in the west as they deserved. Ozu has since been recognised for the quiet genius of his work, and with restoration and reissue by the Criterion Collection, his films are now easily accessible to an international audience.  The view of Japanese distributors that Ozu’s work was ‘too Japanese’ for a western, particularly American, audience meant that his more obscure films beyond the acclaimed Tokyo Story (1953) have been overlooked.[1] This was a lost opportunity for...

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