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Cornell University    
  Nov 23, 2017
Courses of Study 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AAS 4170 - Asian American Popular Culture

(also ARTH 4170 FGSS 4170 , VISST 4170 ) (CA-AS)
Fall. 4 credits.

M. Pham.

Examines how Asian Americans have constituted and positioned their identities through various mediums of popular culture from the 1930s onward. While we will not ignore the legacy of Orientalism and Orientalist representational systems with which and against which Asian American cultural practices are often in dialogue, this course emphasizes Asian American-produced popular culture in order to centralize the agency of Asian Americans. Focusing on popular institutions like music, theater, fashion, television, film, and the internet, we’ll examine the complex relationship between Asian American representational practices and their material experiences and sociopolitical locations. In addition, we will consider the multiple and differentiated interpretive strategies of Asian American consumers of popular culture. How are Asian American consumption and reception practices constituted differently across class, gender, and sexuality?

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