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positions (2023) 31 (1): 9–13.
Published: 01 February 2023
... was not the first one in Japan's history to be caught on camera. The first was the killing of Asanuma Inejirō’ 浅沼稲次郎 (1898–1960), the leader of Japan's Socialist Party, who was murdered during a televised political debate on October 12, 1960. 1 This infamous moment was caught on televised footage, as well...
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positions (2015) 23 (1): 91–114.
Published: 01 February 2015
...Winnie Won Yin Wong This article explores the correspondences between Lu Xun's famous “lantern slide moment” at Sendai Medical Academy in Japan in 1906, and the Visualizing Cultures student protest at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2006. In both incidents, wartime images of Japanese...
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positions (2016) 24 (3): 589–619.
Published: 01 August 2016
...Fan Yang This article examines three significant moments of the shanzhai discourse in WTO-era China. Literally referring to a “mountain fortress” occupied by antiofficial bandits, shanzhai is a new term for wide-ranging knockoff products and copycat media forms. Often invoking Robin-Hood-like...
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positions (2003) 11 (3): 585–611.
Published: 01 August 2003
...Wang Xiaoming 2003 by Duke University Press 2003 Translated by Robin Visser China on the Brink of a “Momentous Era” Wang Xiaoming In the winter of 1927 Lu Xun summarized China’s condition: “China is cur- rently on the verge of entering...
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positions (1997) 5 (2): 357–389.
Published: 01 May 1997
...Min-Jung Kim Copyright © 1997 by Duke University Press 1997 Moments of Danger in the (Dis)continuous Relation of Korean Nationalism and Korean American Nationalism Min-Jung Kim During the Japanese annexation of Korea (1910- 1945), many Korean...
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positions (2013) 21 (3): 725–754.
Published: 01 August 2013
.... This productive space — unscripted and undifferentiated — I argue, is likewise a potential site for what Walter Benjamin referred to as the emergence of “historical materialism,” which reveals itself in flashes, or unexpected moments of danger. Within the structured mechanics of ritual there is space for chance...
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positions (2017) 25 (1): 173–194.
Published: 01 February 2017
...Ratheesh Radhakrishnan This article, organized around three films— Stop Violence (dir. A. K. Sajan, 2002), Big B (dir. Amal Neerad, 2007), and Annayum Rassolum (dir. Rajeev Ravi, 2013)—attempts to account for a moment in the history of Malayalam cinema when an attempt to spatially imagine, through...
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positions (2021) 29 (1): 93–119.
Published: 01 February 2021
...Ileana M. Rodríguez-Silva This article introduces the house of mirrors as an analytical device with the aim of cracking open binary comparative work. It offers close readings of debates regarding US colonialism among Puerto Rican intellectuals and politicians at two distinct historical moments...
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positions (2012) 20 (2): 529–558.
Published: 01 May 2012
... and incomplete, yet dynamic, temporally contingent on understandings of experienced pasts, and new opportunities of the current moment. Copyright 2012 by Duke University Press 2012 “Raise the quality of the population to build an increasingly wealthy, beautiful, civilized, and modern city. Stop at two...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 373–383.
Published: 01 February 2012
... University in November of 2001 and the February 2001 screening of Andrew Cheng's Shanghai Panic (2001). Both events mark the moment when queer cultural activists began organizing their own events and establishing their singular film culture. What is unique about this period in Chinese cultural history...
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positions (2012) 20 (3): 885–910.
Published: 01 August 2012
...Long Bui Using the television program Vietnam Idol as a case study, the author demonstrates that even though shows like this aim to bring Viet Nam into the fold of global culture, it reconfigures dominant notions of “culture” and reinforces certain mappings of power. At the very moment it brings...
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positions (2014) 22 (2): 489–515.
Published: 01 May 2014
... documentary, this article argues that they were not simply a relic of the televisual zhuantipian aesthetic but also the focus for a particular form of xianchang : liveness as presence and as testimony. In particular, following Erving Goffman, it suggests that critical moments of “flooding out” in Bumming...
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positions (2015) 23 (4): 597–617.
Published: 01 November 2015
... War to the unsettling question of why the Korean War, in our ostensibly post–Cold War moment, is still not over. This introduction highlights how the image-essays, critical analyses, and interview assembled in this issue, in challenging the war's standard 1950–53 periodization, examine the war's...
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positions (2016) 24 (4): 727–759.
Published: 01 November 2016
... production, particularly in the representations and legibility of Filipino bodies. Fuentes's archive imperative encompasses the multivalent compositional and conceptual crossings that the filmmaker makes in his search for his “grandfather.” Close readings are performed on key moments of the film that draw...
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positions (2008) 16 (3): 569–599.
Published: 01 August 2008
... students can exist only by challenging the bond signified by the very category of students. This analysis also provides an insight into how we should reconceptualize our understanding of politics beyond what are usually recognized as political moments (demonstrations, parades, elections). In the case...
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positions (2017) 25 (2): 351–387.
Published: 01 May 2017
... by this tension of exile itself, inaugurates a series of potential moments through which the possibilities of resistant mappings can be understood. For Tanigawa, the political potential of this mapping rather lies in mobilizing the histories of the affective memory of struggle that are sedimented...
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positions (2018) 26 (1): 77–109.
Published: 01 February 2018
... systematic or traditional methods of capitalist critique. Their work is therein more open to the contingencies and possibilities of their historical moments. That silence is a principal trope in their critiques corroborates the open-endedness of their work’s deeply skeptical messages about capitalist...
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positions (2018) 26 (2): 305–341.
Published: 01 May 2018
..., scientific papers, legal documents, and the Taipei District Court verdict illuminate how a space for contestation was forged in lieu of the closed RCA factory (and RCA’s acquisition by other multinationals). At three different moments — research about RCA’s activities, the lawsuit, and the verdict—victims...
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positions (2018) 26 (2): 213–241.
Published: 01 May 2018
.... The independent works of Mousseau and Ash, documenting a shared historical moment within a world humbled by renewed awareness of ionizing radiation, juxtapose the creation of expert and lay knowledge systems. Their work at the intersections of science, technology, and society show as many commonalities as they do...
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positions (2018) 26 (3): 389–421.
Published: 01 August 2018
... soundscapes in the feature films Rabun (2003), Sepet (2005), and Gubra (2006), as well as her work in commercial advertising. By creating moments and objects that “resonate,” Ahmad fashions a cinematic subjectivity that is informed by Malaysia’s position as a newly independent nation and full participant...