This senior thesis project explores the interrelated nature of gendered privilege and Gender-Based Violence through the lens of three historically significant cases from the past century: the William F. Slocum controversy on the Colorado College campus in 1917, the Thomas Clarence (v. Anita Hill) congressional hearing in 1991, and the Brett Kavanaugh (v. Christine Ford) congressional hearing in 2018. An examination of both public official and general public reactions to these three cases at the time of their occurrence, with a focus on characterizations of the three men involved, show a simultaneous upholding of a successful, powerful yet innocent male trope and an outbreak of new confrontations of such male privilege through the emergence of new media. Specifically, themes of misrecognition and narrative authenticity are addressed through an interdisciplinary perspective that draws on feminist, media studies, and linguistic anthropological theory.
Since 1999, the central policy of “Open Up the West” has introduced state-sponsored tourism and global commercial market into Shangrila, a regionally peripheral and economically marginal county in Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan, China. Over the decades, the political economy of state-sponsored tourism and globalization have brought along external aggressions of commercialism and modern mode of production and thus caused tremendous socio-cultural changes in Shangrila’s landscape. In my research, the major social difficulties caused by external aggressions include the emphasis on economic growth over cultural preservation, inequity, and transformation of traditional social structure. In response to these negative socio-cultural changes, Tibetan cultural preservation in Shangrila organizes itself into a form of sustainable development that reacts against and negotiates with the overarching structure of state-sponsored tourism in order to guarantee both preservation of traditional culture and local society’s incorporation into modernity. In details, local preservation activists utilize tourism as a niche, in which modern technology is introduced and traditional social structure is preserved. By doing this, they also intend to convey correct representations of Tibetan culture to the general public, enhance tourists’ and locals’ appreciation of Tibetan culture, and improve locals’ economic and social well-being.