Crazy, Rich, When Asian: A Geopolitical Critique of Asian Representation in 'Crazy Rich Asians'

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The movie "Crazy Rich Asians" drew much media attention in 2018 for promoting itself as standing for “Asian representation.” But the claim of “Asian representation” begs the question: representation for whom?

Join Terrie Wong, lecturer in communication in the Faculty of Languages and Cultures, for a presentation that, informed by critical geopolitics, presents a critical textual analysis of "Crazy Rich Asians" and of English-language media reports on the movie, to unpack visual and discursive constructions of the notion of “Asian representation.”

The claim of “Asian representation” will be demystified by revealing its reification of imperialist, orientalist ideologies and its reproduction of oppressive geopolitical structures of race, class and nationality under the guise of diversity, inclusion and representation. The presentation concludes with a discussion of the relevance of geopolitical yellowface logics for complicating our understanding of Asian identities in terms of transnational power relations.

The presentation is part of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts' Humanities Lecture Series at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus. The series provides opportunities to analyze, discuss and interpret current research and events. The public discussions help us understand and appreciate various points of view on political, social and cultural issues.

Department: 
Faculty of Languages and Cultures, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Contact: 
Mirna Lattouf
Phone: 
602-496-0638
Location: 
Cronkite/Eight, Room 128, 6:30 p.m.
Campus: 
Downtown Phoenix campus