Identities in Motion: Asian American Film and Video

Duke University Press, 2002年8月14日 - 291 頁
This innovative book shows how Asian American filmmakers and videomakers frame and are framed by history—how they define and are defined by cinematic projections of Asian American identity. Combining close readings of films and videos, sophisticated cultural analyses, and detailed production histories that reveal the complex forces at play in the making and distributing of these movies, Identities in Motion offers an illuminating interpretative framework for assessing the extraordinary range of Asian American films produced in North America.
Peter X Feng considers a wide range of works—from genres such as detective films to romantic comedies to ethnographic films, documentaries, avant-garde videos, newsreels, travelogues, and even home movies. Feng begins by examining movies about three crucial moments that defined the American nation and the roles of Asian Americans within it: the arrival of Chinese and Japanese women in the American West and Hawai’i; the incorporation of the Philippines into the U.S. empire; and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. In subsequent chapters Feng discusses cinematic depictions of ideological conflicts among Asian Americans and of the complex forces that compel migration, extending his nuanced analysis of the intersections of sexuality, ethnicity, and nationalist movements.
Identities in Motion illuminates the fluidity of Asian American identities, expressing the diversity and complexity of Asian Americans—including Filipinos, Indonesians, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Laotians, Indians, and Koreans—from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century.

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Locating Asian American Cinema in Discontinuity
The Camera as Microscope Cinema and Ethnographic Discourse
Pioneering Romance Immigration Americanization and Asian Women
Articulating Silence Sansei and Memories of the Camps
Decentering the Middle Kingdom ABCs and the PRC
Lost in the Media Jungle Tiana Thi Thanh Ngas Hollywood Mimicry
Becoming Asian American Chan is Missing
Were Queer Were Where? Locating Transgressive Films
Paying Lip Service Narrators in Surname Viet Given Name Nam and The Joy Luck Club

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關於作者 (2002)

Peter X Feng is Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Delaware. He is the editor of Screening Asian Americans.