East-West Montage: Reflections on Asian Bodies in Diaspora

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University of Hawaii Press, 2007 - Social Science - 302 pages

East-West Montage possesses a unique vision that promises to push discussions of globalization, cultural production, ethnic identity, and bodily metaphors in powerful new directions. Ma is to be praised for his sound scholarship and innovative interpretations. Indeed where others specialize in either the collection of details or the unpacking of text, Ma weaves a strong analytic exegesis rooted in thorough research. Richard King, Washington State University

Approximately twelve hours difference lies between New York and Beijing: The West and the East are, literally, night and day apart. Yet East-West Montage crosscuts the two in the manner of adjacent filmic shots to accentuate their montage-like complementarity. It examines the intersection between East and West the Asian diaspora (or more specifically Asian bodies in diaspora) and the cultural expressions by and about people of Asian descent on both sides of the Pacific.

Following the introduction Establishing Shots, the book is divided into seven intercuts, which in turn subdivide into dialectically paired chapters focusing on specific body parts or attributes. The range of material examined is broad and rich: the iconography of the opium den in film noir, the writings of Asian American novelists, the swordplay and kung fu film, Japanese anime, the Korean Wave (including soap operas like Winter Sonata and the cult thriller Oldboy), Rogers and Hammerstein s Orientalist musicals, the comic Blackhawk, the superstar status of the Dalai Lama, and the demise of Hmong refugees and Chinese retirees in the U.S.

Highly original and immensely readable, East-West Montage will appeal to many working in a range of disciplines, including Asian studies, Asian American studies, cultural studies, ethnic studies, film studies, popular culture, and literary criticism.

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Contents

Anal Apocalypse On the WHole of Asia and the Christian West
3
Camp Scatology A Comparative Study of Body as Waste in Japanese American Literature
22
Intercut on Asian Penis
37
Brush and Blade in EastWest Cultures Global Phallus Colonial Acephalus
39
Kung Fu Films in Diaspora Death of Bamboo Hero
60
Intercut on Asian Dubbing
77
DeAlienation in Diasporic DubbingRubbing of Maoist China
79
Animes Atom Dialectic From Trauma to Manna
97
The Nine Lives Blackhawks Oriental Chop Chop Wu Cheng and Weng Chan
157
Intercut on Asian Magic
187
Asian Immigrants with Magical Disabilities Oriental Tongues and Bound Feet
189
Dalai Lama Superstar Mystery and Politics in Western Films and Narratives on Tibet
202
Intercut on Asian Deceased
215
Hmong Refugees Death Fugue
217
The Fadking of the 05 Generation On Taiwanese and Chinese Retirees in the United States
238
Finis
255

Intercut on the Korean Wave
111
The O of Han Ju Those Full OverPainted Lips that Dare to Confess
113
Tradition andof Bastards in the Korean Wave
128
Intercut on Body Oriental
141
Rodgers and Hammersteins Chopsticks Musicals
143
Notes
257
Bibliography
275
Index
295
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