FILM 320: Topics in Film Studies: Asians in Hollywood
Description: The focus of this course is on the filmic representations of Asia and Asians in Hollywood cinema. In studying films from the early 1900s to the current Asian “invasion” of Hollywood, we will locate these cultural representations within the history of Asian immigration in the United States, and examine how American global adventurism has spawned racial discourses that helped produce these representations. Our study will also be informed by readings on anti- Orientalist criticism, Asian American politics, and critical essays on the various Asian national cinemas that contribute to popular cinema in America. Film analysis in this course will cover the works of directors as diverse as D. W. Griffith, Josef von Sternberg, Cecil DeMille, Joshua Logan, Ang Lee, Zhang Yimou , Chen Kaige, Wayne Wang, Kayo Hatta, Feng Xiaogang , David Cronenberg, Alice Wu, Mira Nair, and Quentin Tarantino.
For more information about this course, contact Kenneth Chan