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From Fu Manchu to Kung Fu Panda: Images of China in American Film

Naomi Greene


Throughout the twentieth century, American filmmakers have embraced cinematic representations of China. Beginning with D.W. Griffith’s silent classic Broken Blossoms (1919) and ending with the computer-animated Kung Fu Panda (2008), this book explores China’s changing role in the American imagination as seen in American films. It analyzes a series of influential films that suggest the welter of intense and conflicting impulses that have surrounded China and make clear that China has often served as the very embodiment of “otherness.” In the United States, the emotional charge that imbues image ... More

Keywords: otherness, American films, China, other, self, ethnocentrism, American exceptionalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780824838355
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838355.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Naomi Greene, author
University of California, Santa Barbara