Hollywood’s Japan Subject of Talk

Naoko Shibusawa, associate professor of history at Brown University, will present a public lecture at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, in FA-258. The lecture, titled “Hollywood’s Japan: Making of a Cold War Junior Ally,” will analyze the ways in which Hollywood’s post-WWII films about Japan dovetailed U.S. foreign policy. Looking at the discourses of race, civilization, gender and maturity, Shibusawa explains how Hollywood helped transform the “Japs” into the “Japanese” in mainstream American public opinion.
This presentation is part of the 2010-11 Harpur College Dean’s Speakers Series on “New and Critical Studies of Asian Migrations” organized by the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies.
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