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Hollywood Asian: Philip Ahn and the Politics of Cross-Ethnic Performance Hye Seung Chung

Hollywood Asian: Philip Ahn and the Politics of Cross-Ethnic Performance

Hye Seung Chung

Published January 10th 2010
ISBN : 9781281093769
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232 pages
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From silent films to television programs, Hollywood has employed actors of various ethnicities to represent Orientalcharacters, from Caucasian stars like Loretta Young made up in yellow-face to Korean American pioneer Philip Ahn, whose more thanMoreFrom silent films to television programs, Hollywood has employed actors of various ethnicities to represent Orientalcharacters, from Caucasian stars like Loretta Young made up in yellow-face to Korean American pioneer Philip Ahn, whose more than 200 screen performances included roles as sadistic Japanese military officers in World War II movies and a wronged Chinese merchant in the TV show Bonanza. The first book-length study of Korean identities in American cinema and television, Hollywood Asian investigates the career of Ahn (1905-1978), a pioneering Asian American screen icon and son of celebrated Korean nationalist An Chang-ho. In this groundbreaking scholarly study, Hye Seung Chung examines Ahns career to suggest new theoretical paradigms for addressing cross-ethnic performance and Asian American spectatorship. Incorporating original material from a wide range of sources, including U.S. government and Hollywood screen archives, Chungs work offers a provocative and original contribution to cinema studies, cultural studies, and Asian American as well as Korean history.