Asian American popular culture

 

The essay is talking about Asian American popular culture. Using one of the theoretical frameworks listed below, please write an essay in which you explain the theoretical framework and then use it to critically analyze one popular culture text from in-class and one of your choosing from outside of class. I will attach the prompt. Most of the readings can be found online.

Using one of the theoretical frameworks listed below, write an essay in which you explain the theoretical framework and then use it to critically analyze one popular culture text from in-class and one of your choosing from outside of class. Be sure to contextualize/describe the example from outside of class especially well.

Essays should be double-spaced, with 1” margins, aligned left (not justified), size 12, and Times New Roman, Arial, or Cambria font.

Theoretical framework:

• Robert Lee, “Yellowface” [pick one of the images from Lee’s “The Six Faces of the Oriental,” such as “yellow peril” or “model minority”]
• Robert Lee, “The Third Sex”
• Edward Said, Orientalism
• Gerald Early, A Level Playing Field

In-class:

• Ambrose Bierce, “The Haunted Valley”
• Kipling, “The White Man’s Burden”
• Charlie Chan
• Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
• Coldplay, “Hymn for the Weekend”
• Apu in The Simpsons
• Master of None episode “Indians on TV”
• Tiger Woods
• Linsanity
• Spelling Bees
• “Y-Men” & “The Blue Scorpion and Chung” from Secret Identities
• Tomine, “Killing and Dying”
• Le, “Love and Honor…”
Outside of class: (These are just examples. You are free to choose from these or anything else that falls under the umbrella of Asian American popular culture.)
• Chloe Kim (Durbin) (triumph) (American Dream) (critique of good immigrant narrative) (hybrid identity)
• The Mindy Project
• Fresh Off the Boat
• The Big Sick
• Hasan Minhaj’s Homecoming King (2017)
• Scarlett Johansson as Major in Ghost in the Shell (2017)
• Emma Stone as Capt. Allison Ng in Aloha (2015)
• Lucy Liu as O-Ren Ishii in Kill Bill (2003-2004)
• Gedde Watanabe as Long Duk Dong in Sixteen Candles (1984)
• Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid (1984)
• The Slants (esp. controversy over trademarking their name, Matal v. Tam [2017])
• apl.de.ap (Allan Pineda Lindo) from The Black Eyes Peas and his song “The Apl Song” (video) (lyrics)
• 2016 tour by Asian American women rock bands Mitski, Jay Som, and Japanese Breakfast (article)
• Mitski (esp. “You’re Best American Girl”) (song) (lyrics)
• Vijay Iyer (profile)
• Hawker Fare (Eater) (NPR)
• Jesse Watters’ Fox News segment on “Chinatown” and resultant controversy (link)

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