Communication and Culture | National Cinemas (Topic: Transnational Asia Pacific Film and Media)
C398 | 14271 | DeBoer, S.


TR, 4:00 PM-5:15 PM, WH 106
Required film screening: W, 7:00 PM-10:30 PM, WH 002

Fulfills College A&H Requirement

Instructor: Stephanie DeBoer
E-Mail:  sdeboer@usc.edu

Asia Pacific film and media is increasingly part of our everyday
media landscape, from Japanese animation, to Hollywood remakes of J-
horror and Korean drama, to Asian co-productions, blockbusters and
gaming. How do we begin to understand the ways in which Asian film
and media has traveled and been imagined to travel? This course
explores regional border crossing in the Asia Pacific across a range
of popular media  film, video, television, animation and gaming.
Screenings will focus on popular film and media of East Asia
(primarily Japanese, South Korean and Chinese language), but we will
also explore their links to popular media of Southeast Asia (here,
Thailand and the Philippines) and the wider context of the Asia
Pacific.

We will examine the ways in which travel and exchange have both
occurred and been imagined across a recent history of Asia Pacific
film and media from the mid twentieth century. By the end of the
course, students will be able to:
* Reflect on your own relationship to popular Asian film and media
* Understand basic (trans)national terms and conditions through
which border crossing in Asia Pacific media has been configured
* Critique the ways that gender and sexuality influence and interact
with these constructions
* Gain critical tools for understanding a wide range of global film
and media

No specific knowledge of Asia Pacific film or media is required!