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From Fu Manchu to Kung Fu (Critical Interventions)

Naomi Greene

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ISBN 10: 0824838351 / ISBN 13: 9780824838355
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Hardcover. 278 pages. Dimensions: 9.1in. x 6.1in. x 0.9in.Throughout the twentieth century, American filmmakers have embraced cinematic representations of China. Beginning with D. W. Griffiths silent classic Broken Blossoms (1919) and ending with the computer-animated Kung Fu Panda (2008), this book explores Chinas changing role in the American imagination. In the United States, the exceptional emotional charge that imbues images of China has tended to swing violently from positive to negative and back again: China has been loved and-as is generally the case today-feared. Using film to trace these dramatic fluctuations, author Naomi Greene relates them to the larger arc of historical and political change. Her consideration makes clear that while many stereotypes and racist images of the past have been largely banished from the screen, the political, cultural, and social impulses they embodied are still alive and well. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780824838355

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Title: From Fu Manchu to Kung Fu (Critical ...

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

Binding: Hardcover

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Throughout the twentieth century, American filmmakers have embraced cinematic representations of China. Beginning with D.W. Griffith's silent classic Broken Blossoms (1919) and ending with the computer-animated Kung Fu Panda (2008), this book explores China's changing role in the American imagination. In the United States, the exceptional emotional charge that imbues images of China has tended to swing violently from positive to negative and back again: China has been loved and-as is generally the case today-feared. Using film to trace these dramatic fluctuations, author Naomi Greene relates them to the larger arc of historical and political change. Her consideration makes clear that while many stereotypes and racist images of the past have been largely banished from the screen, the political, cultural, and social impulses they embodied are still alive and well.

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Naomi Greene is professor emeritus of French and film studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.

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