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Why major in Gender and Women's Studies?

Are we “just for women”? Not by a long shot!! Not only do we offer courses specifically about men and masculinity, but every course we teach deals with issues of concern to both women and men. We are, as our name indicates, a gender studies department. Gender can take a dazzling variety of forms across time and culture, and one of our goals is to study that diversity. But everyone—men, women, and those who identify as neither, or both--lives within some system of gender. This has a tremendous impact on our everyday experience, from birth to old age.

Are we here to tell you to wipe off your make-up and burn your bra? Hardly. But you will learn about how those stereotypes of feminists got started, and what women’s movements all over the world have really been about. You will also learn about popular culture, mass media, and the role that they play in shaping our ideas about beauty, fitness, masculinity, femininity, sexuality. And you’ll study this from the perspective of global movements, as well as events in your own backyard.

Is a GWS degree a frill, and of no use in the “real world”? That’s the biggest misconception of all. As the success of past majors shows, a degree in GWS can lead to an amazing range of careers in law, public policy, journalism, education, consumer protection, violence prevention, environmental sustainability, and more. There’s really no career that a GWS degree can’t lead to!

For more information about GWS, visit: gws.as.uky.edu/

Jiang'an Temple

May 2012, members of HIVE and various UK instructors traveled to Shanghai, China to participate in an Appalachian Symposium with members of Shanghai University.

One ancient Chinese structure that was visited by these travelers in China was the Jing'an Temple. Jing'an Temple was built in 247 A.D., and was famous for its "Eight Sights." "Bubbling Well," one of the Eight Sights, was known as "The Six Springs on Earth." A copper bell made in Ming Dynasty is still in the temple today. The Jing'an Temple has a collection of bronze, calligraphy, paintings, and Buddha sculptures from various dynasties up to Western Zhou era.

Filmed & Edited by: Dana Rogers

Yongjia Markets

While China is famous for its booming metropolises of Shanghai and Beijing, many people still live in rural communities. A&S Hive members Dana Rogers and Cheyenne Hohman traveled to Yiwen Chen's hometown in Yongja, China.

Yongja natives have a distinct culture and dialect. In the past, their rural society was isolated from the rest of their country because of the mountainous area on one side of the town and the river surrounding the other side. However, in the past few years, China has created a High Speed Railway system making it easier to travel to these rural landscapes. This video shows a grandmother's daily trip to the markets of Yongja.

Filmed & Edited by: Dana Rogers

If you would like to view some images of the markets and indigenous foods to the landscapes of Yongja please visit:

flickr.com/photos/ukartsci/sets/72157630716436340/

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Driving in China and Playing Mahjong in a Cave.

Driving was one of the most chaotic experiences in China. In this video we are driving to the Waterfall Temple, where we will play Mahjong, an ancient Chinese game played with cards or tiles. Mahjong is a game of skill, strategy, and a certain degree of chance. A&S Hive member Yiwen Chen and her friends taught us how to play the game of Mahjong in a cave which is behind a waterfall.

Filmed and Edited by: Dana Rogers

Karaoke in China: Ktv

A&S Hive members Cheyenne Hohman and Dana Rogers visited Yiwen Chen's home in Yongja, Wenzhou. Wenzhou was a prosperous foreign treaty port, which remains well-preserved today. It is situated in a mountainous region and, as a result, has been isolated for most of its history from the rest of the country, making the local culture and language very distinct not only from the rest of China but from neighboring areas as well. View this video to see A&S Hive at Karaoke Television.

Filmed & Edited by: Dana Rogers

Tianzifang Stamp Maker

A&S Hive member Dana Rogers traveled to Tianzifang this summer. Tianzifang is an arts and crafts enclave that has developed from a renovated residential area in the French Concession area of Shanghai, China. It comprises a neighborhood of labyrinthine alleyways, coffee shops, and arts & crafts stores. Their were many crafters selling their work on the street, one of them was a stamp maker.

Filmed & Edited by: Dana Rogers

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