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- DescriptionWhat will the future look like? To judge from many speculative fiction films and books, from Blade Runner to Cloud Atlas, the future will be full of cities that resemble Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, and it will be populated mainly by cold, unfeeling citizens who act like robots. Tech-Orientalism investigates the phemen of imagining Asia and Asians in hypo- or hyper-techlogical terms in literary, cinematic, and new media representations, while critically examining the stereotype of Asians as both techlogically advanced and intellectually primitive, in dire need of Western consciousness-raising. The collection's fourteen original essays trace the discourse of tech-orientalism across a wide array of media, from radio serials to cyberpunk vels, from Sax Rohmer's Dr. Fu Manchu to Firefly.Applying a variety of theoretical, historical, and interpretive approaches, the contributors consider tech-orientalism a truly global phemen. In part, they tackle the key question of how these stereotypes serve to both express and assuage Western anxieties about Asia's growing cultural influence and ecomic dominance. Yet the book also examines artists who have appropriated tech-orientalist tropes in order to critique racist and imperialist attitudes. Tech-Orientalism is the first collection to define and critically analyze a phemen that pervades both science fiction and real-world news coverage of Asia. With essays on subjects ranging from wartime rhetoric of race and techlogy to science fiction by contemporary Asian American writers to the cultural implications of Korean gamers, this volume offers invative perspectives and broadens conventional discussions in Asian American Cultural studies.
- Author BiographyDavid S. Roh is an assistant professor of American literature and digital humanities at Old Dominion University, USA. He is the author of Disruptive Textuality: The Network, Law, and Literature. Betsy Huang is an associate professor of English and chief officer of Diversity and Inclusion at Clark University, USA. She is the author of Contesting Genres in Contemporary Asian American Fiction. Greta A. Niu earned her Ph.D. in English from Duke University and has taught at SUNY Brockport, University of Rochester, and St. John Fisher College. USA.
- Author(s)Betsy Huang,Greta A. Niu
- PublisherRutgers University Press
- Date of Publication28/02/2015
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleAsian American Studies Today
- Place of PublicationNew Brunswick, NJ
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRutgers University Press
- Content Note18 photographs
- Weight540 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine19 mm
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