What is ‘Hip-Happenin’?

When thinking about what to write, I had no idea! I’ve never particularly been exposed to hip hop but I have definitely learnt a lot this week. Hip hop has a lot of representations. It can represent place, ethnicity, language or a group of people. I was particularly surprised that Samoans were amongst the first break dancers. In Henderson’s reading it states that it “enabled the children of migrants to have the confidence to learn and perform traditional dance at Samoan gatherings” and are among the “practitioners of popping, locking and strutting.” (Henderson, 2006) This illustrates that the Samoan culture has adapted to today’s culture but have kept their tradition and heritage.

Of course in today’s society, there is an image of certain ‘gangsta’ images that has been seen to have quite a negative connotation. In particular there are stereotypes of gender and racial differences with the ideal being of male and African descent. This concept is being eliminated with the introduction of new forms of hip-hop and rap. In Australia, majority of the most famous rappers are ‘white’ males such as Pez and 360 who are becoming more mainstream with collaborations with musicians such as Gossling and Josh Pyke. Through this week, it has enabled me to see the transformation of hip-hop and the way in which society today has benefited from the traditional ways of past cultures.

“I’ve Been Everywhere Man…”

With the advancement and constant evolution of technology, travel is becoming more affordable and more achievable. This is evident through the ever increasing arrival and departure of international students. Marginson describes international education as “a process of externally mediated ‘adjustment’ or ‘acculturation’ to the requirements and habits of the host country” (Marginson, 2012). Basically in a nutshell, international education is all about getting out of your comfort zone and giving every opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture a go.
Throughout the reading, Marginson describes the idea of ‘self-formation’. I think she is absolutely right. With the huge influx of exchange students at Campus East, it is easy to see their transformation from the beginning of the year to the end. After talking to exchange students, particularly Americans, I can see the way in which they have developed as people and the change in attitudes as a result of getting out there and immersing themselves in a different culture. A general consensus is that they love the laid back attitude of everyone here.
Marginson also utilizes the idea of multiplicity and hybridity to describe the process of self-formation. Multiplicity refers to the multiple connections we have and the way in which, we as individuals, change with different people and settings. The second strategy is hybridity which refers to the way we “combine and synthesize” different cultural aspects. In regards to these two strategies, I believe they are absolutely spot on. We as individuals have to adapt and change to experience new cultures and ways of living. It would be a once in a lifetime opportunity and I hope one day I’ll be lucky enough to experience international education.

Marginson, S (2012) “International education as self-formation” reading