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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 (2011) 19 (1): 159–191.
Published: 01 February 2011
... has continuously explored and expressed various degrees of femininity that seemingly contradict a stringent revolutionary spirit. The varying visual representations of traditional femininity and state-organized socialist ideals, which often equal masculinity, collide in North Korea so as to mark...
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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): 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 (2006) 14 (2): 495–525.
Published: 01 May 2006
...Emiko Kida Duke University Press 2006 Translated by Brian Bergstrom Japanese-Korean Exchange within the Proletarian Visual Arts Movement Emiko Kida The proletarian arts movement grew active as the contradictions inherent in the capitalist...
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positions (2017) 25 (2): 293–322.
Published: 01 May 2017
... and reduced to vision, that most decorporealized of the senses. Indeed, the fragmented style, the distorted temporalities, and the deinteriorized subjects of Kawabata and Yokomitsu owe a lot to the visual, and especially to the technologized visuality of film. Paradoxically, however, this fractured cinematic...
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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 (2017) 25 (2): 389–429.
Published: 01 May 2017
.... The discussion in the text also illuminates a second idea—how complex is Japan's position toward the trauma of defeat and the specters of war, reflecting the complicated emotions experienced toward war memory and its representation in photographs, films, art, and other visual forms. The analysis of the two...
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positions (2015) 23 (1): 145–165.
Published: 01 February 2015
.... In so doing, this article maintains that visual images have become increasingly central to Chinese online nationalism and youth politics in cyberspace, both in online forums and among the post-1980s generation. It also attempts to establish an overall descriptive and explanatory account through which...
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positions (2016) 24 (4): 727–759.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Jan Christian Bernabe The article explores the archive imperative in the 1995 film Bontoc Eulogy by Filipino American photographer and filmmaker Marlon Fuentes. The archive imperative is a decolonizing aesthetic and political strategy that challenges American colonial visual regimes and knowledge...
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positions (2011) 19 (2): 551–579.
Published: 01 May 2011
..., national fantasy, and infantilized citizenship as ideological tropes that resolve the film's representation of prescribed feminine virtue, anxiety, melancholy, and maternal sacrifice. These discourses are constitutive of an invaginated visual economy that derives its conditions of possibility from...
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positions (2014) 22 (1): 7–39.
Published: 01 February 2014
...Jongwoo Jeremy Kim This essay does not concern the history of comfort women per se; rather, it treats disruption and transgression in the discourse of comfort women, as filmmaker Byun Young-Joo sets in motion in The Murmuring (1995). This essay is particularly concerned with Byun's visual language...
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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 (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 (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 (1): 19–50.
Published: 01 February 2010
...Sudarat Musikawong The visual artwork produced about Thai contemporary political trauma constitutes a “trauma art” expressing a politics of loss—loss of life, loss of history, and loss of leftist memory. While much of the literature on 1970s violence and traumatic memory in Thailand has focused...