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positions (2015) 23 (1): 1–14.
Published: 01 February 2015
...Jing Wang; Winnie Won Yin Wong This special issue reflects upon the student protest and public controversy over the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Visualizing Cultures website in 2006 from multiple perspectives. Three sets of questions raised by the incident are addressed...
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positions (2015) 23 (1): 15–39.
Published: 01 February 2015
... Visualizing Cultures controversy Optical and Cognitive Illusions: The MIT Visualizing Cultures Controversy in Spring 2006 Benjamin A. Elman In spring 2006, I was teaching a course for the history and East Asian stud- ies departments at Princeton under the newly...
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positions (2015) 23 (1): 59–90.
Published: 01 February 2015
...James Farrer The MIT Visualizing Cultures controversy is linked to a series of anti-Japanese street protests in China during the previous year. As a comparative analysis of these two very different types of protests, this article produces a reading of protest through a series of linked contexts...
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positions (2015) 23 (1): 167–174.
Published: 01 February 2015
... media racialization internationalist Cold War ideology representation of violence Reframing the Visualizing Cultures Controversy: Let’s Talk about the Digital Medium Jing Wang Eight years have lapsed since the Visualizing Culture controversy broke out...
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positions (2015) 23 (1): 175–180.
Published: 01 February 2015
...Ian Condry Online communication has a tendency to operate without clear contextual cues. What does the Visualizing Cultures controversy say about the contexts in which race, Asians, and history intersect? The website All Look Same offers an intriguing example of the difficulties of combating racism...
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positions (2014) 22 (4): 837–875.
Published: 01 November 2014
...Laikwan Pang Exploring the visual representations of the barefoot doctors in China's Cultural Revolution, this article demonstrates how a medical policy is visualized and politicized, and it also shows how the visual culture of the time was richer than it has been assumed. This article meanders...
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positions (2015) 23 (1): 145–165.
Published: 01 February 2015
... the Visualizing Cultures dispute can be better contextualized and understood. The issues at stake are not only technological, nor are they restricted to the structural transformations of educational institutions such as the growing popularity of e-learning platforms. To fully examine today's Chinese online...
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positions (2020) 28 (4): 729–755.
Published: 01 November 2020
...Ben Whaley This article examines the evolution and impact of Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl on postwar manga (print comics) and Japanese visual culture. The author argues that Anne’s enduring legacy in Japan, dating back to 1952, owes much to the ways in which the content of her Diary...
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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 (2015) 23 (1): 115–119.
Published: 01 February 2015
...James L. Hevia The Visualizing Culture controversy demonstrated the ongoing struggle in East Asia over the meaning of the twentieth-century conflicts between Japan and neighboring countries. Critics demanded that the images of Japanese and Qing soldiers required narrative context, but narratives...
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positions (2016) 24 (2): 481–512.
Published: 01 May 2016
... the individual and the nation. Many South Korean painters from this period turned to the idea of materiality, the amplification or replication of soil, rice, and earthenware on painted surfaces, as a means to create a visual culture that was bound to a unique Koreanness while simultaneously emerging as universal...
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positions (2010) 18 (3): 671–693.
Published: 01 August 2010
... of personal histories, to locate and reinvent a “past” that was still very much the present. While recent studies of visual culture in postsocialist or post-Holocaust societies focus on “postmemory,” this article examines the mechanisms of materializing and restructuring personal memory that were in place...
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positions (2012) 20 (4): 1159–1189.
Published: 01 November 2012
... and animal protection in court reports and visual culture and argues that ideas about Sino-foreign cultural difference should be viewed as a product of social and political conflict and are not necessarily, as is commonly assumed, the basis or source of such conflict. The article shows this by demonstrating...
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positions (2015) 23 (1): 131–144.
Published: 01 February 2015
...William A. Callahan This essay examines how the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) controversy hardened identities in terms of the time-worn template of geopolitical conflict of national stereotypes. It critically analyzes the Chinese students' response to the Visualizing Cultures project...
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positions (2020) 28 (4): 756–788.
Published: 01 November 2020
... policies that prioritized heavy industry, and dependency on trade relationships with capitalist countries. The author’s analysis provides an economic history of political art by juxtaposing socialist realist visual culture during the Learn from Dazhai in Agriculture campaign with the economic conditions...
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positions (2016) 24 (4): 761–787.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Inhye Kang Visual technologies were significant tools in the field of anthropology throughout the late nineteenth century, when they were frequently used for studying and exploring other ethnicities. This article argues that visual technologies played an active role for Japanese anthropologists...
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positions (2011) 19 (2): 551–579.
Published: 01 May 2011
... that informs Anak both in its function of reinforcing economic production and of creating a visual economy for symbolic reproduction under global capitalism. This cinematic mediation, I argue, is also a cultural logic of the feminization of migrant...
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positions (2017) 25 (2): 389–429.
Published: 01 May 2017
..., looking at such issues as indexicality and performativity, ghostly presences and staged scenes, truth and fiction, using photography as an immediate visual reference. Through the text, political, social, and cultural questions concerning wartime Japan are intertwined with an analysis of the visual methods...
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positions (2020) 28 (1): 207–236.
Published: 01 February 2020
...Shuqin Cui Taking Liu Manwen’s self-portraiture series, especially her Ordinary Life and Monologue , as examples, this article argues that the self-subject via self-portraiture comes to terms through social-cultural constitution and visual articulation. With face masked and body wrapped, Liu...
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positions (2015) 23 (1): 191–193.
Published: 01 February 2015
... Visualizing Cultures website at the center of the controversy was entitled “Throwing Off Asia,” and the two web pages upon which stu- dents centered their protest were entitled “Throwing Off Asia” and “Old China, New Japan.” Internet Archive’s Wayback...