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Author Park, Jane Chi Hyun, author.

Title Yellow future : oriental style in Hollywood cinema / Jane Chi Hyun Park
Published Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2010


Description 1 online resource (xv, 255 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction -- Style, visibility, future -- An oriental past -- American anxiety and the oriental city -- Oriental buddies and the disruption of Whiteness -- Martial arts as oriental style -- The virtual Orient -- Afterword
Summary Yellow Future examines the emergence and popularity of techno-oriental representations in Hollywood cinema since the 1980s, focusing on the ways East Asian peoples and places have become linked with technology to produce a collective fantasy of East Asia as the future. Jane Chi Hyun Park demonstrates how this fantasy is sustained through imagery, iconography, and performance that conflate East Asia with technology, constituting what Park calls oriental style. Park provides a genealogy of oriental style through contextualized readings of popular films-from the multicultural city in Blade Runner and the Japanese American mentor in The Karate Kid to the Afro-Asian reworking of the buddy genre in Rush Hour and the mixed-race hero in The Matrix. Throughout these analyses Park shows how references to the Orient have marked important changes in American popular attitudes toward East Asia in the past thirty years, from abjection to celebration, invisibility to hypervisibility. Unlike other investigations of racial imagery in Hollywood, Yellow Future centers on how the Asiatic is transformed into and performed as style in the backdrop of these movies and discusses the significance of this conditional visibility for representations of racial difference. -- Publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Asians in motion pictures.
Asian Americans in motion pictures.
Motion pictures -- United States -- History -- 20th century
PERFORMING ARTS -- Film & Video -- General.
ART -- Film & Video.
Asian Americans in motion pictures
Asians in motion pictures
Motion pictures
Asia -- In motion pictures
United States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010020852
ISBN 9780816675258