ISBN-10: 1566397766

ISBN-13: 9781566397766

Edition: 2000

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Spotlighting Asian Americans on both sides of the motion picture camera, Countervisions examines the aesthetics, material circumstances, and politics of a broad spectrum of films released in the last thirty years. This anthology focuses in particular on the growing presence of Asian Americans as makers of independent films and cross-over successes. Essays of film criticism and interviews with film makers emphasize matters of cultural agency-that is, the practices through which Asian American actors, directors, and audience members have shaped their own cinematic images.One of the anthology's key contributions is to trace the evolution of Asian American independent film practice over thirty years. Essays on the Japanese American internment and historical memory, essays on films by women and queer artists, and the reflections of individual film makers discuss independent productions as subverting or opposing the conventions of commercial cinema. But Countervisions also resists simplistic readings of "mainstream" film representations of Asian Americans and enumerations of negative images. Writing about Hollywood stars Anna May Wong and Nancy Kwan, director Wayne Wang, and erotic films, several contributors probe into the complex and ambivalent responses of Asian American audiences to stereotypical roles and commerical success. Taken together, the spirited, illuminating essays in this collection offer an unprecedented examination of a flourishing cultural production. Author note: Darrell Y. Hamamoto is Associate Professor in the Asian American Studies Program at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of Nervous Laughter: Television Situation Comedy and Liberal Democratic Ideology, Monitored Peril: Asian Americans and the Poltics of Television Representation, and New American Destinies: a Reader in Contemporary Asian and Latino Immigration. PSandra Liu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
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List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 8/28/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Introduction: On Asian American Film and Criticism
Resignifying Asian American Bodies
When Dragon Ladies Die, do they Come Back as Butterflies? Re-Imaging Anna May Wong
Recuperating Suzie Wong: A Fan's Nancy Kwan-Dary
Negotiating Institutional Boundaries
The Joy Fuck Club: Prolegomenon to an Asian American Porno Practice
Negotiating the Meaning of Access: Wayne Wang's Contingent Film Practice
Through the Mirror, Sideways
Critical Approaches to Representing Japanese American Internment
Re/Membering Spectators: Meditations on Japanese American Cinema
Antidote for Collective Amnesia? Rea Tajiri's Germinal Image
The Gendering of Historical Trauma in Internment-Camp Documentary: The Case of Steven Okazaki's Days of Waiting
Exploring Form
Fighting Fire With Fire: Detournement, Activism, and Video Art
Hybrid Cinema by Asian American Women
Character Zone: A Conversation With Trinh T. Minh-ha
Bad Asians: New Film and Video by Queer Asian American Artists
Beyond "Nation": Diasporas and Hybrid Identities
No Mo Po Mo and Other Tales of the Road
"Unashamed to be so Beautiful": An Interview With Celine Salazar Parrenas
The Wedding Banquet: Global Chinese Cinema an the Asian American Experience
Cultural Identity and Diaspora in Contemporary Hong Kong Cinema
About the Contributors
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