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Week5 - Orientalism and Popular Culture Asian American...

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Orientalism and Popular Culture Asian American Studies 20A Professor Catherine Ceniza Choy
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Edward W. Said, Orientalism (1979)
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From Edward Said, Orientalism (1979) “The Orient is not only adjacent to Europe . . . The Orient has helped to define Europe (or the West) as its contrasting image, idea, personality, experience.”--Edward Said The “Orient” signifies a system of representations “Orientalism” creates and perpetuates this system of thought primarily through scholarship about the “Orient”
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Orientalism system of thought and scholarship that constructs the image of the 'Orient' in opposition to the West backward v. forward uncivilized v. civilized feminine v. masculine static v. dynamic
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Popular Culture Referring to the opposite of high cultural art forms, such as the opera, historic art, classical music, traditional theater or literature The objects, images, artifacts, literature, music, and so on of "ordinary" people Includes many forms of cultural communication: newspapers, television, advertising, comics, pop music, radio, cheap novels, movies, jazz, etc.
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