Asian America through the Lens: History, Representations, and Identities

Asian America through the Lens: History, Representations, and Identities

by Jun Xing, Chu Hsing
     
 

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ISBN-10: 076199176X

ISBN-13: 9780761991762

Pub. Date: 07/15/1998

Publisher: AltaMira Press

While some Asian American films and filmmakers are beginning to achieve acclaim in mainstream U.S. culture, neither academic scholars nor society as a whole has sufficiently taken account of the history of this rich and growing body of cinematic production. In Asian America Through the Lens, Jun Xing accomplishes the colossal task of surveying Asian American cinema

Overview

While some Asian American films and filmmakers are beginning to achieve acclaim in mainstream U.S. culture, neither academic scholars nor society as a whole has sufficiently taken account of the history of this rich and growing body of cinematic production. In Asian America Through the Lens, Jun Xing accomplishes the colossal task of surveying Asian American cinema for the first time, allowing its aesthetic, cultural, and political diversity and continuities to emerge. Unique insight into Asian American experience in both mainstream and alternative film production is provided by textual analysis as well as by the voices of filmmakers and actors themselves. With constant attention to the specificities of Asian American histories and cultures, Xing engages a broad range of issues and theoretical perspectives, drawing insight from such bodies of scholarship as African American and Latino film studies, Marxian cultural theory, ethnic studies and the politics of representation, and post-structuralist and feminist discourses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761991762
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
07/15/1998
Series:
Critical Perspectives on Asian Pacific Americans Series, #3
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

chapter 1 I: Introduction 1. Cultural Essentialism and Asian American Films chapter 2 2. Between a Weapon and a Formula chapter 3 3. Asian American Aesthetics chapter 4 II: Cinematic Asian Representation 1. Representation as Image chapter 5 2. Politics of Representation chapter 6 3. The Institution of Representation chapter 7 III. Documentaries as Social History 1. History as Subject: Personal Diary Films and Family Portraits chapter 8 2. History As Consciousness: Biographies and Communal Histories chapter 9 3. History as Representation: Social-Issue Documentaries chapter 10 IV: Hybrid Cinema by Asian American Women 1. Avant-Garde Film as History chapter 11 2. Time and Subjectivity chapter 12 3. Screen Space as Social Space chapter 13 V: Conclusion 1. A Cinema in Transition: "Cross-Over" Films chapter 14 2. Films from the Asian Diaspora chapter 15 Appendix: Theories on Ethnicity and Film chapter 16 Notes chapter 17 Bibliography chapter 18 Filmography chapter 19 Index

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