New PDF release: East-West Montage: Reflections on Asian Bodies in Diaspora

By Sheng-mei Ma

ISBN-10: 0824831810

ISBN-13: 9780824831813

ISBN-10: 1435666704

ISBN-13: 9781435666702

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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The human corpse is abhorrent because it transgresses against the boundary of the living. Yet human excrement bears an eerie resemblance to the corpse, because excreta, whether in, being ejected from, or out of our body, is waste, which our entire body will eventually become. In Norman O. Brown’s well-turned phrase: “The nonbodily excreta of the body, which are at the same time the dead matter produced by the body, and which incorporate the body’s daily dying” (Life Against Death 1959, p. 294).

Although political censorship and continued survival in a totalitarian state 28 ✯ Intercut on Asian Anus shape how victims of the Cultural Revolution and other purges remember their traumas, the victims’ Chinese heritage of seeking harmony and maintaining equilibrium with the collective whole contribute to the contour of their memories. In a desperate attempt to make something out of nothing, to extract hope from the bleakness of Mao’s campaigns, Chinese writers share in a sense of futility through the self-image of feces, yet, paradoxically, a resigned quiescence prevails to transform that self-image into night soil.

Arabs, Indians, turbaned lascars,10 and pigtailed Chinese are dots figuratively connected by the elusive opium smoke. Given that the West invades the East with gunboats and infects it with an addictive drug, opium is ironically transformed into an “Oriental Narcotic,” invasive, infectious, and addictive, threatening the well-being of the West’s body. Invariably, one witnesses in the opium den nightmarish Oriental accoutrements, most prominently the addicts’ Chinese pigtail and Arabic turban, through which Asians of the Far East and Muslims of the Near East are conjoined, creating a conglomerate non-West that entraps the West, oftentimes embodied by a white woman.

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