Reversing the Lens: Ethnicity, Race, Gender, and Sexuality through Film / Edition 1

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Overview

Reversing the Lens brings together noted scholars in history, anthropology, sociology, ethnic studies and film studies to promote film as a powerful classroom tool that can be used to foster cross-cultural communication with respect to race and ethnicity. Through such films as Skin Deep, Slaying the Dragon, and Mississippi Masala, contributors demonstrate why and how visual media help delineate various forms of "critical visual thinking" and examine how racialization is either sedimented or contested in the popular imagination. Not limited to classroom use, Reversing the Lens is relevant to anyone who is curious about how video and film can be utilized to expose race as a social construction in dialogue with other potential forms of difference and subject to political contestation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870817250
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jun Xing is a professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies and director of the Difference, Power and Discrimination Program at Oregon State University, and author of Asian America Through the Lens: History, Representations, and Identity, and Baptized in the Fire of Revolution: The American Social Gospel and the YMCA in China, 1919-1937. Lane Ryo Hirabayashi is The George and Sakaye Aratani Professor of the Japanese American Incarceration, Redress, and Community at UCLA, and author and editor of numerous titles, including Reversing the Lens (UPC), Common Ground (UPC), The Politics of Fieldwork: Research in an American Concentration Camp and Teaching Asian America: Diversity & the Problem of Community.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 3
2 Media Empowerment, Smashing Stereotypes, and Developing Empathy 11
3 Video Constructions of Asian America: Teaching Monterey's Boat People 29
4 American Indians in Film: Thematic Contours of Cinematic Colonization 43
5 El Espejo/The Mirror: Reflections of Cultural Memory 113
6 Mississippi Masala: Crossing Desire and Interest 127
7 Skin Deep: Using Video to Teach Race and Critical Thinking 143
8 Confronting Gender Stereotypes of Asian American Women: Slaying the Dragon 155
9 Screens and Bars: Confronting Cinemea Representations of Race and Crime 169
10 The Queering of Chicana Studies: Philosophy, Text, and Image 185
11 The Matrix: Using American Popular Film to Teach Concepts of Eastern Mysticism 197
12 Beyond the Hollywood Hype: Unmasking State Oppression Against People of Color 213
13 Self, Society, and the "Other": Using Film to Teach About Ethnicity and Race 231
14 The Issue of Reinscription: Pedagogical Responses 241
Selected Filmography 249
List of Contributors 259
Index 261
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