ASIANPAM 353 - Asians in American Film and Television
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Asian/Pacific Island Amer Std (ASIANPAM)
Department: LSA American Culture
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This course examines how film and television have reflected and shaped Asian culture and identity in American history. Through screening of feature films, documentaries, and television shows produced by Asian Americans and non-Asians, we study shifting representations of Asians across historical periods from the 19th century to the present.

  • How have the movies and TV shaped American conceptions of Asians?
  • How do images of Asians as “coolies,” “yellow peril,” “dragon ladies,” “gooks,” and “model minorities” circulate in American popular culture?
  • Have Hollywood stars like Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu and Margaret Cho broken down stereotypes or created new ones?
  • How have independent filmmakers generated new and more complicated conceptions of Asian American identity and culture?

In this course, you will learn to analyze:

  • How American wars, hate crimes, immigration policy and Asian American identity have been influenced by racial stereotypes
  • How images of Asian women and interracial romance have shaped American culture
  • How the representation of Asian Americans compares to other racial groups

Ethnic groups examined include Korean, South Asian, Chinese, Filipino, Southeast Asian, and Japanese Americans

Course materials include films and videos ranging from silent movies featuring white actors in “yellowface” to recent independent and Hollywood releases

Lecture/readings provide deeper bases for interpretation of film and video content

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ASIANPAM 353 - Asians in American Film and Television
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001 (LEC)
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 1566397537
Orientals : Asian Americans in popular culture, Author: Robert G. Lee, Publisher: Temple Univ. Press [Nachdr.] 2009
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1885030320
Waylaid, Author: Ed Lin., Publisher: Kaya Press 2002
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