Orientalism in U.S. cyberpunk cinema from Blade runner to the Matrix

dc.contributor.advisorWatkins, S. Craig (Samuel Craig)en
dc.contributor.advisorDowning, John (John Derek Hall)en
dc.creatorPark, Chi Hyunen
dc.date.accessioned2008-08-28T22:35:35Zen
dc.date.available2008-08-28T22:35:35Zen
dc.date.issued2004en
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation looks at the role of “oriental” imagery in Hollywood through case studies of two Hollywood cyberpunk films: Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982) and The Matrix (Larry and Andy Wachowski, 1999). Drawing from scholarship in Asian American Studies, Film and Media Studies, Postcolonial Theory, and Cultural Studies, my work explores why the futuristic mise-en-scène of such films looks and feels so uncannily “oriental.” It considers the relationship between these East Asian-inflected settings and changing attitudes about East Asians and Asian Americans in the U. S. from the 1980s to the present. Furthermore, it situates that relationship within larger shifts in national discourses around “race” during this time period. My analyses of these films are grounded in their industrial and historical contexts: economic and aesthetic developments in Hollywood since the 1980s, the rapid growth of the Asian American community during the same period, and the recent internationalization of East Asian popular culture, particularly Hong Kong cinema and Japanese animation.
dc.description.departmentRadio-Television-Filmen
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.identifierb60834766en
dc.identifier.oclc68965093en
dc.identifier.proqst3144667en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/2159en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subject.lcshOrientalism--United Statesen
dc.subject.lcshUnited States--Civilization--Asian influencesen
dc.subject.lcshBlade runner (Motion picture)en
dc.subject.lcshMatrix (Motion picture)en
dc.subject.lcshAsians in motion picturesen
dc.subject.lcshAsian Americans in motion picturesen
dc.subject.lcshPopular culture--United Statesen
dc.subject.lcshCyberpunk cultureen
dc.subject.lcshUnited States--Race relationsen
dc.subject.lcshFuture in motion picturesen
dc.titleOrientalism in U.S. cyberpunk cinema from Blade runner to the Matrixen
dc.type.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentRadio-Television-Filmen
thesis.degree.disciplineRadio-Television-Filmen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen
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