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To mark the AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) Heritage Month, Fulbright Alumni Ambassador and GW English professor Alexa Alice Joubin will be speaking to us in an interactive session about how to fight anti-Asian racism through film and television. Obviously, this is timely with the recent Oscar wins by Asian filmmakers and actors drawing attention to Asian (American) film as a genre. We will watch short clips from different films and TV series and discuss their common tropes. We will discover how racist language and misogyny intersect.
Case studies of films, television, and documentaries include Minari, Blackkklansman, Ex Machina, Crazy Rich Asians, Double Happiness, When East Meets East, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Sense8, Falling Down, Farewell, Fresh Off the Boat, Parasite, Saving Face, Searching, The Wedding Banquet, Memoir of a Geisha, Bruce Lee’s Fist of Fury, and Seeking Asian Female. We will also discuss the uses of Asian motifs in dystopian science fiction films such as George Lucas’ Star Wars, The Blade Runner, The Fifth Element, Altered Carbon, and Cyberpunk 2077.
Joubin is a film studies and critical race studies scholar, and is passionate about fighting racism and misogyny. She co-authored a book called Race, a compelling study of ideas related to race throughout history.