Happy Tuesday! Hearing the wind whistling outside my window really has me thinking of soaring dragons (already found some pretty good dragon sounds for our podcast today!). Today our group really began cementing details for our podcast and began a fairly extensive outlined script of sorts. Our enthusiasm is well spread through the group. Sili is really interested in the Chinese influences on the snakes and dragons, as well as, how their views differed or aligned with how the japanese began to represent dragons and snakes in folklore and everyday culture. Caitlin is interested by the overarching themes and influences that Buddhism, Hinduism, and Shintoism had on the interpretation of dragons and snakes, as well as, specific interpretations regarding water and life. Will, having already had some classes that covered other aspects of Asian cultures and regions, is excited to delve more into the similarities and what laid the foundations that then influenced cultures of East Asia. He is also particularly interested in how pop culture has evolved with these interpretations of dragons and snakes as key influences. I am focusing on the relationships between gender, power, and sexuality as it is portrayed in folklore/tales concerning dragons and snakes. With Sili’s help, we will break down the historical context of this central themes and why they may have been interpreted using dragons and snakes as the embodiment or symbol of how gender, power and sexuality were being defined in early Japanese and Chinese history. We will present several tales concerning the representation of snakes and dragons as they align with those themes. Excitement for our final results grows as we continue to iron out the little details together.