By Sheng-mei Ma
Nearly twelve hours' distinction lies among long island and Beijing: The West and the East are, actually, evening and day aside. but East-West Montage crosscuts the 2 within the demeanour of adjoining filmic photographs to intensify their montage-like complementarity. It examines the intersection among East and West--the Asian diaspora (or extra in particular Asian our bodies in diaspora) and the cultural expressions by way of and approximately humans of Asian descent on each side of the Pacific. Following the creation "Establishing Shots," the ebook is split into seven intercuts, which in flip subdivide into dialectically paired chapters concentrating on particular physique components or attributes. the variety of fabric tested is large and wealthy: the iconography of the opium den in movie noir, the writings of Asian American novelists, the swordplay and kung fu movie, eastern anime, the "Korean Wave" (including cleaning soap operas like iciness Sonata and the cult mystery Oldboy), Rogers and Hammerstein's Orientalist musicals, the comedian Blackhawk, the celebrity prestige of the Dalai Lama, and the loss of life of Hmong refugees and chinese language retirees within the united states hugely unique and immensely readable, East-West Montage will attract many operating in a number of disciplines, together with Asian reviews, Asian American reviews, cultural stories, ethnic reviews, movie reviews, pop culture, and literary feedback.
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East-West Montage: Reflections on Asian Bodies in Diaspora by Sheng-mei Ma