Techno-Orientalism: Imagining Asia in Speculative Fiction, History, and Media - Asian American Studies Today (Paperback)
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Techno-Orientalism: Imagining Asia in Speculative Fiction, History, and Media - Asian American Studies Today (Paperback)

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What will the future look like? To judge from many speculative fiction films and books, from Blade Runner to Cloud Atlas, the future will be full of cities that resemble Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, and it will be populated mainly by cold, unfeeling citizens who act like robots. Techno-Orientalism investigates the phenomenon of imagining Asia and Asians in hypo- or hyper-technological terms in literary, cinematic, and new media representations, while critically examining the stereotype of Asians as both technologically advanced and intellectually primitive, in dire need of Western consciousness-raising.

The collection's fourteen original essays trace the discourse of techno-orientalism across a wide array of media, from radio serials to cyberpunk novels, from Sax Rohmer's Dr. Fu Manchu to Firefly.Applying a variety of theoretical, historical, and interpretive approaches, the contributors consider techno-orientalism a truly global phenomenon. In part, they tackle the key question of how these stereotypes serve to both express and assuage Western anxieties about Asia's growing cultural influence and economic dominance. Yet the book also examines artists who have appropriated techno-orientalist tropes in order to critique racist and imperialist attitudes.

Techno-Orientalism is the first collection to define and critically analyze a phenomenon that pervades both science fiction and real-world news coverage of Asia. With essays on subjects ranging from wartime rhetoric of race and technology to science fiction by contemporary Asian American writers to the cultural implications of Korean gamers, this volume offers innovative perspectives and broadens conventional discussions in Asian American Cultural studies.

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813570631
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 404 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Situating itself at the nexus of Asian and Asian American Studies, Techno-Orientalism covers an exciting range of topics and draws productive connections between literature, popular culture, technology, and the emergent geopolitics of what has been called the Pacific Century. This collection is a vital contribution to global media and cultural studies."--Peter Paik "author of From Utopia to Apocalypse: Science Fiction and the Politics of Catastrophe "

"Techno-Orientalism: Imagining Asian Speculative, Fiction, History, and Media is a timely and valuable resource for teaching and studying science fiction."

--Science Fiction Studies
"Techno-Orientalism is a smart, compelling installment in the 'critical countertechnology' that we must build in order to resist our own sickness." --Extrapolation
"As with Techno-Orientalism, the conceptual emphasis in The Buddha in the Machine is on considering how racialized ideas about technology are put into circulation, becoming the racial medium for linking together yet other ideas, technologies, and populations, not simply exposing racial ideology as the grounds for cultural production. Particularly impressive is the care with which Williams unfolds stories of reverse-directionality, as represented most clearly by the chapter on the Chinese American writer Lin Yutang's lifelong at- tempt to invent and bring to production a Chinese typewriter." --American Literary History

"A valuable addition to the rela- tively scarce body of scholarship on the topic, Techno-Orientalism is a must-read for scholars in Asian American studies, Asian studies, and race/ethnicity studies, and is a rich source of fresh insight for academics in a range of other fields, including cultural studies, literary criticism, media studies, posthuman theory, speculative fiction studies, and postcolonial studies."

--MELUS

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