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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. 
 
 
 

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Technologizing Orientalism
  2. David S. Roh, Betsy Huang, Greta A. Niu
  3. pp. 1-20
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  1. Part I: Iterations and Instantiations
  2. pp. 21-22
  1. Chapter 1: Demon Courage and Dread Engines
  2. Kenneth Hough
  3. pp. 23-39
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  1. Chapter 2: “Out of the Glamorous, Mystic East”
  2. Jason Crum
  3. pp. 40-51
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  1. Chapter 3: Looking Backward, from 2019 to 1882
  2. Victor Bascara
  3. pp. 52-63
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  1. Chapter 4: Queer Excavations
  2. Warren Liu
  3. pp. 64-75
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  1. Chapter 5: I, Stereotype
  2. Seo-Young Chu
  3. pp. 76-88
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  1. Chapter 6: The Mask of Fu Manchu, Son of Sinbad, and Star Wars IV: A New Hope
  2. Abigail De Kosnik
  3. pp. 89-100
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  1. Chapter 7: Racial Speculations
  2. Jinny Huh
  3. pp. 101-112
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  1. Chapter 8: Never Stop Playing
  2. Steve Choe, Se Young Kim
  3. pp. 113-124
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  1. Chapter 9: “Home Is Where the War Is”
  2. Dylan Yeats
  3. pp. 125-136
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  1. Part II: Reappropriations andRecuperations
  2. pp. 137-138
  1. Chapter 10: Thinking about Bodies, Souls, and Race in Gibson’s Bridge Trilogy
  2. Julie Ha Tran
  3. pp. 139-150
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  1. Chapter 11: Reimagining Asian Women in Feminist Post-­Cyberpunk Science Fiction
  2. Kathryn Allan
  3. pp. 151-162
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  1. Chapter 12: The Cruel Optimism of Asian Futurity and the Reparative Practices of Sonny Liew’s Malinky Robot
  2. Aimee Bahng
  3. pp. 163-179
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  1. Chapter 13: Palimpsestic Orientalisms and Antiblackness
  2. Douglas Ishii
  3. pp. 180-192
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  1. Chapter 14: “How Does It Not Know What It Is?”
  2. Tzarina T. Prater, Catherine Fung
  3. pp. 193-208
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  1. Chapter 15: A Poor Man from a Poor Country
  2. Charles Park
  3. pp. 209-220
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  1. Desiring Machines, Repellant Subjects
  2. David S. Roh, Betsy Huang, Greta A. Niu
  3. pp. 221-226
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 227-244
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 245-250
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 251-260
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813570655
Related ISBN
9780813570648
MARC Record
OCLC
913869424
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2015-07-19
Language
English
Open Access
No
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