Response 2 - Iris Tu ANT 324L Response Paper 2 The way a film is made to be seen reflects the current ideals and society in which it was made The

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Iris Tu ANT 324L Response Paper 2 The way a film is made to be seen reflects the current ideals and society in which it was made. The threat of the “yellow peril” was prevalent throughout history and is portrayed especially well through films in order to buttress the idea and it reached from when the first Asian immigrants arrived in America. This “yellow peril” may feature “the rape or threat of rape of a Caucasian woman by a villainous Asian man,” 1 but the term may also go far beyond just the idea of fantasy rape. This can be demonstrated with various movies such as in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Cheat (1915) where the main characters are in an interracial relationship. In either case, the Asians are put as inferior in their own respective ways and altogether in a different world to be explored through melodrama. As in The Cheat , there is an elite socialite by the name of Edith Hardy who is married to a respected stock broker, Richard Hardy. On the other hand, there’s a mysterious Japanese man by the name of Hishuru Tori who melds into the White world of parties and extravagance as well as his own full of exotic symbols and foreign extravagance without thought. With his gift of transitioning seamlessly between cultures,
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course ANT 324L taught by Professor Shannonspeed during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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Response 2 - Iris Tu ANT 324L Response Paper 2 The way a film is made to be seen reflects the current ideals and society in which it was made The

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