ASAM1300 - Asian American Cinema Movement: Fighting For Representation

Status
A
Activity
LEC
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
Asian American Cinema Movement: Fighting For Representation
Term
2022C
Subject area
ASAM
Section number only
401
Section ID
ASAM1300401
Course number integer
1300
Meeting times
W 5:15 PM-8:14 PM
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Robert V Buscher
Description
Providing a broad introduction to the history of persons of Asian descent living in the United States, this course will specifically examine the Asian American & Pacific Islander American experience as told through the cinematic lens. Equal parts socio-political history and media studies, this course will comprehensively assess factors contributing to the historical under representation of AAPIs in mainstream American media. By contrast, the media texts that we study will reveal a cinematic history that runs parallel to the mainstream, consisting of independently produced films created by and/or starring AAPIs that feature authentic portrayals of the community they represent. Topics will include economics of film production, broadcast television ratings, film festivals as a mechanism of distribution, negative stereotyping, Hollywood whitewashing, cultural appropriation, and media activism. The course will take place once a week and will consist of a brief discussion of the previous week's readings, followed by a lecture, and ending with a full or partial film screening relating to the current week's topic. Additional out of class assignments will be given that involve attending the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, tentatively scheduled November 8-18, 2018. Students will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from AAPI filmmakers in attendance at the festival, with additional volunteer opportunities available for extra credit.
Course number only
1300
Cross listings
CIMS1302401
Fulfills
Cultural Diviserity in the U.S.
Use local description
No