Eye Magazine – Issue 7 – Summer 2015

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Editor: Michael Liam Kedzlie
Assistant Editor – Copy Editing and Layout: Lindsay Lafreniere
Original Design: Thaddeus Pope
Eye Magazine is published under ISSN: 2187-8935 issued by the National Diet Library of Japan.

About this issue of Eye Magazine

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Eye Magazine – Issue 7 – Summer 2015

Welcome to this the seventh edition of IAFOR’s Eye Magazine, the International Academic Forum’s own in-house e-magazine publication.

Through Eye Magazine, we hope to enlighten you as to various views and opinions of our contributors, many of whom have presented full research papers at our various conferences. To us at IAFOR, Eye Magazine is a place for you to focus on and share interdisciplinary knowledge and research synergies. Of course, that research has to be able to be digestible by the non-specialists. So hopefully, with Eye Magazine, a specialist in the area of international relations can inform and enlighten a language learning expert and likewise, a cultural studies expert can speak to an economist or a lawyer to an environmental engineer, without the burden of the over-specialist terminology found within one’s own traditional research silo. To that end Eye Magazine is in many ways an extension of our focus on developing interdisciplinary knowledge and research synergies.

In this latest edition I wish to thank those contributors who have kindly written articles and submitted photos to make this issue an interesting and vibrant read. This edition with its general theme of human conflict and identity has some fabulous articles for you to read. The cover story for this quarterly edition is by Paul Spicer, of Hiroshima Woman’s University, under great intrigue and at times of physical danger investigated the violent and unpredictable underworld of Japanese Biker Gangs. Haian Dukhans, of St Andrews University, Scotland, has a guest editorial on the current conflict within Iraq and Syria titled The Islamic State: Balancing the Islamic and the Tribal Identity that offers a further perspective when analyzing the current crisis and one of the pathways to consider regarding any post conflict governance in the region currently occupied by ISIL. Tom Smith, of the University of Hull, examines the appropriated contextuality of the Jihadist movement in The Myth of the Second Front: How ‘the experts’ and ‘the global jihad’ appropriate Asian insurgencies. Regular Eye Magazine contributor and the IAFOR Journal of Politics Editor Craig Mark, of Kwansei Gakuin University, here in Japan, looks at the potential export of Japanese submarines to Australia and the possible political developments that may evolve from it in his article Japanese Subs for Australia? Developments in Australian Defence Procurement / Japanese Defence Export Policy.

Also in this Summer 2015 edition, Michael Heitkemper-Yates, of the Graduate School of Humanities at Kobe University, notes the post-postmodern modal shift back towards the threshold of experience in his essay Conflict Irresolution: Post-Postmodernism and the Legacy of Ironic Subversion. Christina Bethel of East Carolina University provides an illustration of the impact of Japan’s Soft Power movement in her article Princess Robot Bubblegum Critiques: “Cool Japan”. Brian R. Clack of the University of San Diego examines the question “where then does love stand with regard to its benefits and costs?” in his article Love, Suffering and Conflict: Some Lessons from Freud’s Civilization and its Discontents. Gary Ka-Wai Wong, of The Hong Kong Institute of Education, looks at ways to take the advantage of the latest in mobile technologies for our classroom teaching and learning practice, and how to enhance our students engagement in his article Cloud Computing for Collaborative Knowledge Construction: A Case with Google Drive. Ken Chang, of the National Cheng-Chi University, Taiwan, offers in this issue a fascinating look into the notion of unacknowledged matricide in writer T. S. Eliot’s The Family Reunion. Mary Jane S. Camarador, of Southern Luzon State University, Philippines asks the question “so what is a Boy Band?” and discusses gender, music, adolescence, representation and homosocialization in I Love You, Bro: The [Mis]Representation of Male-Bonding in Boy Bands through their Music. Frances Shiobara of Kobe Shoin Women’s University, Japan in her article The 10,000 Hour Rule and What it Means for Language Teaching explains that there are no easy short cuts in language learning and that ‘old fashioned’ attributes like hard work and application, and plenty of practice make all the difference. Lastly I wish to thank Jared Baxter, our art contributor, who IAFOR President Dr. Joseph Haldane recently interviewed. This interview and a further article from Jared on the Van Gogh series of research that is now gaining international attention within the art world is also included in this Summer 2015 edition. Once again my heartfelt thanks to all of the contributors who submitted articles, essays and opinion pieces.

We trust that this edition of Eye magazine will once again be an informative, interesting and exciting way for us to communicate with you, and you in turn with us. We hope you enjoy reading it.


Michael Liam Kedzlie


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