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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (2 (110)): 1–29.
Published: 01 September 2022
...Xin Peng Abstract This article provides a comparative study of Anna May Wong and Sessue Hayakawa—the two most iconic stars of Asian descent of American cinema's silent era—by examining the reception history around their rare collaboration, the early sound film and yellow peril thriller Daughter...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (3 (60)): 1–13.
Published: 01 December 2005
... nationalism converged in the star images of Asian American stars Anna May Wong and Tsuru Aoki. While their hybrid identi- ties suggested exciting new configurations and possibilities, they were also criticized by both American and Asian constituencies for transgressing cultural norms. Asian stars...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (3 (96)): 93–119.
Published: 01 December 2017
... offensiveness.10 After World War II, an ambivalent vogue for racial authen- ticity ran through Hollywood. The mid- 1950s to the early 1960s saw the rise of the Asian American star through actors like Nancy Kwan and James Shigeta. Both garnered leading roles in this period, including romantic leads...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (3 (60)): 159–191.
Published: 01 December 2005
... faced extreme uncertainty in terms of their socio- political positioning in American society. Unlike the European stars whose “probationary” whiteness confused neat classification when they were imported into Hollywood,12 the all-too-visible racial difference of Asian Americans worked to reinforce...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (3 (60)): 129–157.
Published: 01 December 2005
... of European-American actresses. The temporary transformations of actresses including Helen Jerome Eddy, Mary Pickford, Shirley Mason, Viola Dana, Norma Talmadge, and Alla Nazimova into Asian characters are detailed in fan magazines as exciting opportunities to explore what it would...
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (3 (39)): 104–125.
Published: 01 September 1996
... it on to demonstrate that he was bigger than the Asian star. For a while, the show was full of jokes about bodies. I felt embarrassed afterwards. In front of the American audience, Chan played the role of silent film comedian or cartoon character. I worried about his 106 representativeness for Hong Kong. Would...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (3 (87)): 149–183.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Juliana Chang This essay explicates how Mei Li (Miyoshi Umeki) and Linda Low (Nancy Kwan), the Asian migrant and Asian American female leading characters in the film Flower Drum Song (dir. Henry Koster, US, 1961), oscillate between embodying the fantasies of American modernity and exposing...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (1 (88)): 11–39.
Published: 01 May 2015
... American men, including rappers Ray J and Kanye West and basketball stars Humphries and Lamar Odom. Talking about Reality Moms, Real Monsters 27 the Kardashians as fake and sexually perverse, then, also carries with it racist charges that resonate as hate speech that is used to censure the Kardashian...
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (1 (55)): 151–179.
Published: 01 May 2004
...James Kim Camera Obscura 2004 James Kim earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia in August 2003, specializing in both Asian American studies and eighteenth-century British studies. He is currently enjoying a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Pomona College, after which...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 47–67.
Published: 01 May 2008
... University's School for New Learning, where he teaches in media and cultural studies. In his current book project he compares East Asian, South American, and Middle Eastern cinematic perspectives on history and identity following periods in which creative liberties were suspended by oppressive political...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (2 (77)): 123–130.
Published: 01 September 2011
... includes set design, costumes, and props but also a few highly ­­stereotyped Asian extras. Not a single mem- ber of the large main cast is Asian, although the show’s universe is purportedly half Chinese, and characters speak an English- ­­Chinese patois. A vid can also keep...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (3 (60)): 193–231.
Published: 01 December 2005
... and high modernist appropriation of American adventure films that was combined with nationalist sentiment. This discourse intersects in important ways with the extraordinary female body in martial arts filmmaking. I will conclude with a case study of Huaju nüxia films starring Wu Suxin...
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Camera Obscura (1988) 6 (3 (18)): 155.
Published: 01 September 1988
... cinema. Richard deCordova teaches film and television studies at DePaul University. He is currently completing a book on the early star system in the American cinema. Anne Friedberg teaches in the Film Studies Program at the University of California at Irvine. She is currently working...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (1 (79)): 31–67.
Published: 01 May 2012
... be further illuminated by other productions by Sum- mit Entertainment. For example, another lm starring Pattinson, Remember Me, is less a story about New York itself than a global imagining of America under with the key parts played by non- American actors; The Hurt Locker (dir. Kathryn Bigelow...
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Camera Obscura (2006) 21 (3 (63)): 159–165.
Published: 01 December 2006
... media stars, independent film and video production, German cinema, and the cultural impact of media institutions. Her current project focuses on the US reception of Asian films in the 1950s and 1960s. Appearing from left to right: (front row) Lucy Fischer, E. Ann Kaplan, Patricia White; (middle...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 16 (3 (48)): 229–263.
Published: 01 December 2001
...Zhang Zhen Camera Obscura 2001 Zhang Zhen is an assistant professor of cinema studies at New York University. Her critical and creative writings have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Public Culture, Asian Cinema, Cinema and Urban Culture in China 1922-1943...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (3 (87)): 1–31.
Published: 01 December 2014
... musicals of the late 1950s: narratively severing the music’s associations with juvenile delinquency, sexual release, and working- class and African American culture.15 Mambo Girl establishes the key traits that would come to define Chang’s star persona: her multifaceted musical genius and her...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (2 (107)): 1–31.
Published: 01 September 2021
... as a chorus girl. It is here that we can most directly glimpse Coyne's influence on Reynolds. In Donald Knox's The Magic Factory (1973), which collects oral histories from players involved in the making of Kelly's 1951 vehicle An American in Paris (dir. Vincente Minnelli, US), the white female star Leslie...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (3 (81)): 1–37.
Published: 01 December 2012
... of those killed and displaced during colonial settlement. Wrede blithely asserts that the Bering Strait migration caused the extinction of megafauna and, by eliminating the development of Native American peoples, sets the stage for conquistadors and settlers in covered wagons to slaughter gigantic...
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Camera Obscura (2002) 17 (3 (51)): 115–147.
Published: 01 December 2002
... Spectator, and the Avant-Garde,” Wide Angle 8 (1996): 63–70; Gunning, “From Obscene Films to A Star Is Porn • 145 High-Class Drama,” in D. W. Griffith and the Origins of American Silent Film: The Early Years at Biograph (Urbana: University...