Screening Asian Americans / Edition 1

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Overview

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title

"Cover to cover, Screening Asian Americans, a collection of 15 essays, is fabulous."-AsianWeek.com

"This scholarly book uses 15 contributors to explore the various images of Asians, many of which have been negative."-Burlington County Times

This innovative essay collection explores Asian American cinematic representations historically and socially, on and off screen, as they contribute to the definition of American character. The history of Asian Americans on movie screens, as outlined in Peter X Feng's introduction, provides a context for the individual readings that follow. Asian American cinema is charted in its diversity, ranging across activist, documentary, experimental, and fictional modes, and encompassing a wide range of ethnicities (Filipino, Vietnamese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Taiwanese). Covered in the discussion are filmmakers--Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Ang Lee, Trinh T. Minh-ha, and Wayne Wang--and films such as The Wedding Banquet, Surname Viet Given Name Nam, and Chan is Missing.

Throughout the volume, as Feng explains, the term screening has a twofold meaning-referring to the projection of Asian Americans as cinematic bodies and the screening out of elements connected with these images. In this doubling, film representation can function to define what is American and what is foreign. Asian American filmmaking is one of the fastest growing areas of independent and studio production. This volume is key to understanding the vitality of this new cinema.

A volume in the Depth of Field Series, edited by Charles Affron, Mirella Jona Affron, and Robert Lyons

Peter X Feng teaches English and women's studies at the University of Delaware.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813530253
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Series: Rutgers Depth of Field Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Filming "Chinatown": Fake Visions, Bodily Transformations 21
The Early Years: Asians in the American Films Prior to World War II (excerpt, with a new introduction) 53
The Desiring of Asian Female Bodies: Interracial Romance and Cinematic Subjection 71
A History in Progress: Asian American Media Arts Centers, 1970-1990 101
Identity and Difference in "Filipino/a American" Media Arts 111
A Peculiar Sensation: A Personal Genealogy of Korean American Women's Cinema 133
Historical Consciousness and the Viewer: Who Killed Vincent Chin? 159
The Politics of Video Memory: Electronic Erasures and Inscriptions 173
Being Chinese American, Becoming Asian American: Chan Is Missing 185
Emigrants Twice Displaced: Race, Color, and Identity in Mira Nair's Mississippi Masala 217
Surname Viet Given Name Nam: Spreading Rumors & Ex/Changing Histories 235
Good Clean Fung 243
"From the multitude of narratives ... For another telling for another recitation": Constructing and Re-constructing Dictee and Memory/all echo 253
Coming Out into the Global System: Postmodern Patriarchies and Transnational Sexualities in The Wedding Banquet 273
On Fire 293
Contributors 299
Index 303
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