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05 July 2009

TV drama: "Cashmere Mafia" Elite women in America

I just happen to rent a DVD of this TV show. A story of 4 successful working women in New York.

Lucy Liu, Chinese American actress seems to be a main character. This is surprising thing. Asian woman took a main role in a popular soapopera.

The story features America's latest social movement but some of the things depicted were kind of surprise to me, even in 21st century American society is still conservative like Lucy Liu character's fiance cancelled engagement after she got promoted a head of him, a housewife woman harasses a working woman, and a top executive woman do not want to divorce her husband although he had an affair with another woman. 

 

But the drama in fact reflects today's social movement such as openly lesbian relationship. Not just lesbian but also interracial.

 

America has really changed.

 

But this is the story of elites, tip of the big American society, that doesn't represent avarage of the society.

Actually most American women in the same age group as them are struggling to survive, working at much lower wages, cannot afford medical insurance, auto insurance and college education for their children. Such harsh reality was described in a novel I wrote on this blog.

 

Pathetic, poor working class people are watching this show to escape from the reality they face. They dream of becoming rich and successful elites while watching this show.

I, myself grew up so I cannot enjoy such phony show any more like when I was younger. I know it is just an illusion.  

I do not admire America any more. The below photo is my current image of America. Sorry.

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26 June 2009

Micheal & Farrah died; The End of Era

Today was a big news day for showbiz.

The king of Pop Star, Micheal Jackson died of heart attack and one of the hottest angel of "Charlie's Angels", Farrah Fewcett died of cancer.

Two big icons of American entertainment died. Both of them were very familiar to me.

I remember when Micheal Jackson visited Japan in 1980's. He stayed in Japan for more than 40 days.

He really liked Japan and gave big compliments to our country. He said something like "In Japan shy people like me can be welcomed unlike the U.S."

Did it mean he was not welcome in the U.S.?

The other big star, Farrah Fewcett was one of the casts of my favourite show "Charlie's Angels."

Actually I liked Cheryl Ladd who acted as her sister better.

The three beautiful women acted as detective. The story was made into film.

I like the episode that Cheryl Ladd and Farrah Fewcett were together as sisters.

 

But Micheal and Farrah are gone.

Not only that, my image of America of those days were gone, too. America is not dream country any more.

Actually I hate that country although I had lived there for more than 5 years.

Maybe since I learned the U.S. Navy decided to deploy nuclear aircraft carrier in Yokosuka.

But America has drastically changed recently since 911, war in Iraq and financial crisis.

The End of Era.

Even Obama, the first Black man to be the president of the U.S. work too well, the things would not be much better.

This article describes why.

 

Good bye, Micheal, Angel and the era of America!

 

03 May 2009

Film "The Scarlet Letter" A Country of Hypocrisy

A woman named Hester lived in a small Puritan Village in 17th century had been accused of adultfully. She had to wear scarlet letter "A" all the time because of the sin she committed. She and her daughter, Pearl were always harrassed by the villagers.

 

Local villagers and its headman wanted to know who was the father of Pearl. At last the villagers found who he was and got shocked.

 

It seemed that the film revealed the true nature of America. The origin of America was Puritans. Puritans were exiles from England.

They lived under the faith of God because of fear they experienced in England. They created a very closed society with very strict rules. As a result they became hypocrits.

In last scene of the film, Hester and Pearl ran away from the land of hypocrisy, not freedom.

 

That represents feeling I have right now. I am losing interest in America and growing contempt for it.

American is not a dream country to me any more since 911, war in Iraq, deployment of USS George Washington in Yokosuka, and financial crisis.  

Good-bye, America! A country of Hypocrisy!

 

Now I wonder where I am heading. The film gave me a hint.

The film was produced by Germans. It was all German version although the story took place in America.

It is just like holocaust films in English version made by Hollywood.

 

I am now studying German and getting more interested in Germany than ever.

12:46 Posted in Deutschland, Film, un-USA | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: religion

26 March 2009

Film: Walk├╝re (Valkyrie)

I went to see Tom Cruise's movie "Valkyrie." The film of actual event which took place in Germany during World War II.

 

German military officer, Colonel Stauffenberg tried to assassin German dictator, Adolf Hitler to remove Nazi Party from power and bring peace in Europe. The consequence was he failed and was executed.

 

I've seen German film of the story before. Then I went to Berlin and saw the memorial of his execution.

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Tom Cruise wasn't fitted to his role in the film. Not bad actor but his image could not overlap with the real person in that event.
In fact, it is odd that a German officer spoke in English, which was their enemy's language in those days.
 
The most important thing we have to learn is why we could not stop expansion of that tyranny and how Hitler and Nazis got popularity.
How very civilized people could be manipulated by them, how good people could do brutal things for good reasons.  
I am now writing a novel which a story took place in Berlin between 1932-33 using real persons and organizations in that period.
If you are interested, please check My Novel category.  
 
I am now exploring Germany by writing a novel. That's fun and giving me great insight to this exciting country.
 
Deutcheland, uber alles in der Welt.  

00:14 Posted in Deutschland, Film | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: history, nazis