Hollywood Asian: Philip Ahn and the Politics of Cross-Ethnic Performance

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Oktober 2006



A study of Korean identities in American cinema and television, this work investigates the career of Ahn (1905-1978), a pioneering Asian American screen icon and son of celebrated Korean nationalist An Ch'ang-ho. It examines Ahn's career to suggest theoretical paradigms for addressing cross-ethnic performance and Asian American spectatorship.


Introduction: The Life and Death of a Hollywood AsianPART I Hollywood Asians: From Actor to Spectator1: Portrait of a Patriot's Son: Philip Ahn and Korean Diasporic Identities in Hollywood; 2: The Audience Who Knew Too Much: Oriental Masquerade and Ethnic Recognition among Asian AmericansPART II Oriental Genres, 1930s to 1950s3: Between Yellowphilia and Yellowphobia: Asian American Romance in Oriental Detective Films; 4: State Intervention in the Imagining of Orientals in China Films of the 1930s and 1940s; 5: Hollywood Goes to Korea: War, Melodrama, and the Biopic Politics of Battle Hymn Conclusion: 6: Becoming "Father," Becoming Asian American Filmography; Bibliography


"The author has succeeded in bringing an oft-neglected artist and part of film history back into the forefront of scholarly literature. Highly recommended." Library Journal " Hollywood Asian is an exciting and original contribution to Asian American and Korean studies ...It is clearly written, making it accessible to a wide readership in a number of disciplines." Chris Berry, Goldsmith's College, University of London "Hollywood Asian is meticulously researched ...an excellent and important contribution." Darrell Y. Hamamoto, University of California, Davis "Chung crafts a compelling exploration of how the cinematic representation of Korea and its people became a palimpsest for American domestic and foreign anxieties...the exemplary depth and nuance to Hollywood Asian's analysis highlights the complex but intimate ways that America's cultural imagination is tied into international relations and tensions." The International Journal of Communication "Fascinating...this book makes an excellent contribution to the growing body of work on Asian Americans in the cinema...Essential." Choice "Chung's book is well researched and well written. Unless the reader is a film historian, much of the content is new and illuminating...Chung makes a critical point about the persistence of reductive images and perception." Korean Quarterly "Chung paints a fascinating portrait...While the book is theoretically provocative, it is at its best when reporting little-known information about Ahn and the Asian American actors with whom he worked...By illuminating the rich and complex career of a Korean American trailblazer in Hollywood cinema, Hollywood Asian should prove quite useful for scholars in Asian and Asian American studies and U.S. film history." The Journal of American History Sept. 2007 "[O]ffer[s] important new opportunities to develop our understanding of the transnational history of Hollywood cinema. From the vantage point of the particular systems of production, representation and reception concerning the deployment of East Asian actors within American narrative filmmaking, [it] uncover[s] valuable insights into Hollywood's global strategies during a time of enormous political upheaval and cultural change regarding the construction of American self-identity and the USA's attitudes to its East Asian citizens and neighbours. [Chung] write[s] impressively from 'within' in order to stage...understanding of the ambivalent status...of Americanization and modernization...Chung deploys an active model of textual analysis and spectatorship which argues that, as an example of the Asian 'cross ethnic performer', Ahn occupied a particular status within Hollywood...Chung's book goes on to trace the varied elements of Ahn's career...generat[ing] numerous useful insights...propose[ing] a vital contribution to the current reconceptualization of Hollywood cinema within the framework of modern international film studies." Alastair Phillips, Screen 2008, issue 49
EAN: 9781592135165
ISBN: 1592135161
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2006
Seitenanzahl: 232 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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