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The Chinese American Diaspora on American Screens: Race, Sex, and Cinema

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The Chinese American Diaspora on American Screens: Race, Sex, and Cinema

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Gina Marchetti's recent collection of essays, The Chinese American Diaspora on American Screens: Race, Sex, and Cinema, continues her wide-ranging scholarship on Asian and Asian American film. The book moves across a diversity of topics, including films by Hong Kong movie stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li; independent films from the United States such as The Wedding Banquet and Shopping For Fangs; and experimental videos by Yvonne Welbon, Richard Fung, Ming-Yuen S. Ma, and Kip Fulbeck. Marchetti's scholarship is as catholic as her film-watching tastes as she discusses feminist film theory, Asian American and cultural studies, and gender and sexuality studies. The book is written with a clarity of prose and analysis, yet Marchetti's ideas and concepts are never rote or simplistic. Marchetti's close readings are also outstanding, strongly supporting the complex cross-connections of thought that she explicates with precision and lucidity.

In the book's first section, "In The Black Pacific," Marchetti looks at the ways in which films starring Chan and Li represent African Americans, as well as examining Chan's and Li's transitions from their home film industries to the sometimes perilous waters of Hollywood. …

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