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ANTH_263gFINALsg - ANTH 263g: Exploring Culture through...

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ANTH 263g: Exploring Culture through Film Final Exam Study Guide Weeks 11-12: Exploring Identity & Authenticity in Popular Culture What does “racial authenticity” mean? What questions does this concept invoke? Involves questions of authenticity Involves an assessment of the degree to which someone is “truly” or genuinely representative of a particular race/ethnic group (truly in quotes because who is to say what is true?) Exploring racial authenticity means o What does it mean to be of a particular race/ethnicity? o How these identities are being constructed and by whom Racial Authenticity Authentic notions can be cross cut by gender, race, sexuality Identity and Authenticity in popular culture Racial authenticity involves questions of identity Involves an assessment of the degree to whichs omeone is “truly” or genuinely representative of a particular race/ethnic group Exploring racial authenticity means asking o What does it mean to be of a particlar race/ethnicity, nationality, gender? o How these identities are being constructed and by whom? How have various ethnic groups been constructed/represented as “authentic” in popular culture? o VH1’s TV’s Illest Minority Moments Asian Americans in Popular Culture o How are asian Americans represented in pop culture? Do It on the Oriental o Kung Fu Fighters o Rural Immigrants o Gangsters o Geisha Girls o Seductrices o Hypersexual o Naïve o Martial Arts o Men are A-sexual
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How does actor/comic Margaret Cho engage in these realities in her standup? Tuan o Markers of authenticity among asian Americans Language Hair Others? Paradox o These same markers of “authenticity” can be markers of exclsion in broader society Tuan o Whereas European Americans capriciously base identity choices on no more than a sense that it is nicer to be an X than Y choices available to Asian Americans are more circumscribed Margaret Cho o Does not fit the Asian Bill o Language is a sign of both authenticity and unauthenticity o What does claiming an ethnic label mean for a white middle class person? Are there everyday privaledges associated with: o Being able to speak, hear, walk o Having a particular hair color/texture o Being viewed as “attractive” o Being of a particular Gender, Height, Size, Class, etc. o Having /being of a particular sexual orientation o Being of a particular race/ethnicity What does claiming an ethnic label mean for a White Middle- Class American? o Personal choice o Rooted in 2 contradictory desires in American culture Quest for community and individalism Combines individuality with feelings both of community and of conformity through an exercise of personal choice For many interview respondents, being ethnic: o Makes them feel unique and special and not just “vanilla” o Also gives a sense of belonging to a collective o Symbolic ethnicity fulfillment
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