American Studies | Topics in Interdisciplinary American Studies / Topic: From Jackie Chan to Fu Manchu
A350 | 13107 | Denise Cruz


(3 cr. hrs.)

T/R 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Class carries COLL S&H distribution credit

Instructor email: cruzd@indiana.edu

The media hype surrounding the dangers of Chinese-produced pet food and toys. Laws that prohibit marriage between white women and Asian men. The love triangle between Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, and Lucy Liu's characters in the film, Shanghai Noon.

We might see all of the above as related to our topic: “Love and Fear in American Culture.” Fear was one factor that contributed to laws that excluded the entrance of different Asian groups into the United States from the 1880s to 1965. But throughout the twentieth and twenty-first century, Asians have also been the object of American fascination. We will examine these phenomena—ranging from the forgetting of Japanese internment and the occupation of the Philippines; to the ways in which the U.S. media reports contemporary “perils” of Asian global markets (such as Chinese-produced pet food and toys); to romantic stories of American cowboys and Chinese women in films like Shanghai Noon and Broken Trail.

Objectives: Introducing you to interdisciplinary studies, and developing your critical thinking, analytical, and writing skills. How do novelists, journalists, filmmakers, as well as scholars in history, literature, and anthropology approach the same topic and period differently?