Beyond The Chinese Connection: Contemporary Afro-Asian Cultural Production (Paperback)Crystal S. Anderson (author)
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Ultimately, this book reads contemporary black/Asian cultural fusions through the recurrent themes established by the films of Bruce Lee, which were among the first--and certainly most popular--works to use this exchange explicitly. As a result of such films as Enter the Dragon (1973), The Chinese Connection (1972), and The Big Boss (1971), Lee emerges as both a cross-cultural hero and global cultural icon who resonates with the experiences of African American, Asian American and Asian youth in the 1970s. Lee's films and iconic imagery prefigure themes that reflect cross-cultural negotiations with global culture in post-1990 Afro-Asian cultural production.
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Number of pages: 222
Weight: 345 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
--Bill V. Mullen, professor of English and American studies at Purdue University
"In this tightly argued, sophisticated work, Crystal Anderson takes us Beyond 'The Chinese Connection' to a capacious world of imperialism, transnational capital, and global culture. Close readings of the iconic, anti-colonial and anti-capitalist Bruce Lee and Afro-Asian films, novels, and anime of the post-1990 period reveal the processes of 'cultural emulsion' and 'cultural translation' that produce subject positions, male friendships, and group conflicts and solidarities. Those crossings stir the imagination and induce a liberating consciousness."
--Gary Y. Okihiro, author of Pineapple Culture: A History of the Tropical and Temperate Zones