In a 3-5 pages, typed and double-spaced paper, discuss and compare
at least two of the films you saw in this class thus far. Please
focus on analysis rather than reportage, and support your first-hand
observations with additional research in historical and theoretical
areas. The readings are a good place to start, and you are encouraged
to also look at secondary sources. Ideas from your written responses and class discussions
can also be incorporated into your paper.
For the first paper, please discuss the representation of Asians
in early Hollywood (1910-1960). Consider the images of Asian/Orientals in
the films you have seen in class, and write a comparative
analysis of how they concur with or disrupt stereotypes of Asians
in American mass media. In your discussion, keep in mind issues
such as the conditions under which these films are produced, the
intention of the filmmakers, the performance of the actors, political
and historical contexts, and the popular culture of the time. Given
the length of the paper, it maybe a good idea to focus your discussion
on a particular aspect of representation that interests you, such
as gender, sexuality, class, nationality, etc.
Your grade will be based on your understanding of both the form,
content, and contexts of these films, your ability to support your
arguments and observations with research in historical facts and
theoretical discussions, as well as your writing and analytical
skills. When formulating your argument, your written responses may provide good starting points. You are, of course, encouraged to incorporate your own opinions
into the discussion. Explain how your views correspond to and differ
from the ideas expressed in films and in the class readings.
Please turn the paper in on time, and please follow the
format I outlined: papers that are too long or too short,
late papers, hand-written papers, etc. will lower your grade. Please turn in your paper via email as an MS Word attachment (with ".doc" or ".docx" suffix) by 5PM on the due date.
Include a bibliography (required) and footnotes (if appropriate)
as well as a filmography (required) for the films you cited in your
Be specific: cite reading sources, use footnotes,
and use actual scenes and other direct references from the films
to support your argument.
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