Open Access Commentary

Are Chopin Waltzes Salon Music?

Haoxuan Yu

Asian Research Journal of Arts & Social Sciences, Page 19-21
DOI: 10.9734/arjass/2021/v14i130226

Chopin is always regarded as a representative of salon pianist, and his waltzes and nocturnes are regarded as models of salon music. But according to the fact, not all Chopin waltzes fall within the realm of salon music, but many articles or reports lead the readers to think in inappropriate ways, so that they have a considerable misunderstanding of Chopin's waltzes. Through the analysis of several waltzes, the letter puts forward that Chopin waltzes could not possibly be generalized as salon music, and it further discusses the emotional expression function of Chopin's waltzes.

Open Access Original Research Article

The End of Neoliberal Globalism: A Critical Perspective

Ishmael K. Hlovor, Yussif Shaibu, Naazia Ibrahim

Asian Research Journal of Arts & Social Sciences, Page 1-10
DOI: 10.9734/arjass/2021/v14i130224

There has been a growing trend towards protectionism, particularly in the Global North in recent years. The rise of Trump, Brexit and tighter immigration control across Europe and America seem to run contrary to the conventional neoliberal globalism discourse of free flow of people, capital, goods and information across the globe. Using a qualitative approach and drawing on data from published works, this paper argues that these events are part of the Global North’s rebellion against neoliberal globalism. This process is not external to the process of neoliberal globalism but integral to it. Although the current rise of nationalism and protectionism does not represent an end of globalization, it represents the end of the discourse of globalization as a fit all economic and political solution to diverse nations. This demands that alternatives to the current thinking be considered. A new form of globalization must consider issues of income and economic inequality among nations and people. It must offer the chance to the nation state to reinvent itself as the welfare providing and protecting states.

Open Access Original Research Article

Contextual Expositions of Igbo Proverbs in Selected Mike Ejeagha’s Folk Songs

Akuneziri Peace Amara, Oripeloye A. Henry, G. Ugochukwu Ngozi

Asian Research Journal of Arts & Social Sciences, Page 11-18
DOI: 10.9734/arjass/2021/v14i130225

This paper explores the use of Igbo proverbs in selected folklorist Mike Ejeagah’s folk songs-Omekagụ (one who behaves like a lion) and Ụwa Mgbede Ka Mma (life of serenity is beautiful). Mike Ejeagha, the folk artist is known for his ingenuity in fusing tales rich in proverbs within his folk songs. This paper argues that the contextual meanings of the exemplary proverbs in the selected songs are derived from the content of the tales in the selected songs. The researcher will do a textual analysis of the proverbs in the songs while asserting that the meanings of the proverbs are embodied in the storyline. In analyzing the meanings of the proverbs in the songs, this research affirms the place of proverbs in the socio cultural environment of the Igbo people of South Eastern Nigeria and it finally shows that Mike Ejeagaha’s folk songs can be an agent of cultural and historical storage of the Igbo culture.

Open Access Original Research Article

Personal Hygiene and Sanitary Practices among the School Girls in Dhangadhi, Sudurpashchim Province, Nepal

Saraswati Kumari Joshi, Nisha Adhikari, Sita Kumari Joshi, Durga Kumari Joshi, Shristi Joshi, Kalpana Chaudhary, Tulsi Joshi, Ravin Bhandari, Dirgha Raj Joshi

Asian Research Journal of Arts & Social Sciences, Page 22-33
DOI: 10.9734/arjass/2021/v14i130227

The inadequate knowledge of personal hygiene and sanitation is directly correlated with the health of an individual, a family, a community, a nation, and the globe as a whole. To know the knowledge, attitude, and practices (KAP) of personal hygiene and sanitation among the girl students in Dhangadhi, Nepal; this study was conducted in four different schools and a total of 238 girl students were selected specifically from the grade 5 to 10 following their age range from 11 to 18 years and the data was collected by filling the questionnaires. The average age of menarche is 12-13 years, mother is the major source of information about menstruation (53.8%) followed by sisters (35.3%). Only 20% use commercial sanitary pads and the majority of them use both, i.e. commercial pad as well as old clothes (65.5%), majority of the participants change absorbent 3 times a day (53.6%). 99.2% have their own toilets, 100% use soap water to clean hands, only 64.7% do brushing once a day, 14.3% have oral diseases and 67.6% do not know about oral diseases while 92% have never visited the dentist. Only 16.8% bath every day, 96.2% use nail cutter, 53.8% of the participants cut nail once a week followed by 42% occasionally. Only 21.4% have access to safe drinking water and 78.6% are relying on hand-pump water. Overall, the knowledge about personal hygiene and sanitation is average, but the attitude and practice towards it need to be improved.

Open Access Review Article

The Language of the Art of Music: An Overview of Its History in Brazil

Alberto Carlos de Souza

Asian Research Journal of Arts & Social Sciences, Page 34-41
DOI: 10.9734/arjass/2021/v14i130228

This study sought to re-visit the two conceptions of Art – pedagogical and reflective - forged throughout history and its relationship with the Brazilian aesthetic thought of resistance. From the 60's, such thinking has given a pedagogical purpose to art, charged with the task of social criticism and political engagement human emancipatory: In this scenario mainly determined by the Theater of the Oppressed, the new movies  and the protest song by Milton Nascimento, Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Gilberto Gil,  among many others.