Seeing the Big Picture A Cinematic Approach to Understanding Cultures in America

ISBN-10: 0472031678

ISBN-13: 9780472031672

Edition: 2006 (Revised)

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Seeing the Big Picture, Revised Edition,is designed to broaden students' awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the many cultures and subcultures in the United States. The authors have chosen popular films as tools for exposing students to aspects of cultures, including those of African Americans, Chinese Americans, Mexican Americans, and Muslim Americans. Writing and discussion activities will help students explore the cultural points of view portrayed in each of the films. Students are also advised to keep a film journal that will allow them to observe how their reactions and observations develop through the course of the class. In addition to increasing students' knowledge and understanding of cultural differences,Seeingthe Big Picturewill help students develop strong critical-thinking and analytic abilities as they learn to recognize and question messages inherent in the films' portrayals of different populations. A unique feature of the text are the Points of View segments from directors, insiders, and students that appear throughout the text, provoking perspectives students might not otherwise encounter. This text is the ideal coursebook for undergraduate diversity electives and other multicultural awareness courses.
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List price: $30.50
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 8/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078

To the students : developing your film eyes
To the instructor : behind the scenes
Native American culture : Smoke signals
African American culture : The long walk home
Chinese American culture : The joy luck club
Mexican American culture : Real women have curves
Irish American culture : Far and away
Muslim American culture : Aladdin, House of sand and fog, and others
Gay culture : The wedding banquet
Deaf culture : Children of a lesser God
Creating community : What's cooking?
Respect agreement
Guidelines for visits to religious services and places of worship
Guidelines for intercultural interviews and chats
Guidelines for planning your film
Selected Internet resources on films
Race and ethnicity in the United States
Latino population in the United States by place of origin
Asian American population in the United States by place of origin
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