Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
Culture shock, or culture conflict, is the unfamiliarity or disorientation an individual experiences after encountering a culture different than their own. To better understand the people around us who share a different culture and the way of life it creates, we need to first respect and understand their culture. In general, Chinese culture stresses that individuals must see themselves as part of a larger group for the benefit of society, while American culture stresses the importance of individualism.
Based on my experiences in graphic design, I decided to further my studies in a studio art context to understand how the cultures of artists affect their artwork. It is important for us to have a basic sense of other cultures to appreciate the value of human development, as well as, appreciating the different forms of beauty that make the world more interesting to explore. This appreciation of beauty and human development is often encountered when experiencing works of art and design.
The issues which arise from cyber bullying reach across the globe, and I have seen them firsthand throughout my life. It is my goal to delve into this issue and compare how individuals from different cultural backgrounds react to this issue. For this project, I surveyed the responses regarding the issue of cyber bullying from Americans, Chinese-American, and Chinese international students, in order to understand how one’s culture influences the opinions people form on the issue. I created several art works to share with the viewer my results.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Ding, Yuxuan, "Learning Culture: Cultural Relationship in Masked Lanterns" (2018). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 103. https://doi.org/10.7936/K7RB7418.