Hollywood’s representation of Asians and Asian Americans has often been regarded by critics and scholars as inadequate and/or offensive. Historically, Asian characters have been portrayed as undesirable, stereotypical, or absent from images of mainstream America. The last decade or so, however, has seen a change in the frequency and representation of the Asian body in mainstream American film. Once the model minority but now the action hero/ine, Asian identity holds new meaning for American culture and embodies positive—if often conflicting and racially charged—associations of national and transnational identity.
Proposals are welcome on topics that include the changing and/or current representation of Asians and Asian Americans in American film; the proliferation of Asian action heroes/heroines; intersections of race, class, and/or gender; or transnational Pan-Asian or Asian-American stardom.
Please send your 300 word abstract and a brief bio as email attachments by August 1st, 2009 to Philippa Gates
Submitters will be notified whether their proposals have been accepted for the panel by August 10th, 2009.
English and Film Studies
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Waterloo, ON, Canada
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