Orientalism Essay by Master Researcher

A study of Orientalism, based on the film "The Last Samurai".
# 86813 | 900 words | 4 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in Anthropology (Asian) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper considers the meaning of Orientalism and how it is manifested as the way the East is represented and viewed by the West. The paper analyzes academia and popular presentations such as books, films, and the like. The paper uses the film "The Last Samurai" to show how a new idea of the nobility of Asians only serves as a reason for a different sort of reification of both Asians and Westerners with new stereotypes.

From the Paper:

"Asians are labeled with a number of stereotypical ideas and images, from the old idea of the "yellow peril" endangering the Western way of life to the new image of the mathematical and scientific scholar taking university positions away from Western students. These images began with the first wave of immigrants from Asia and continue in some degree to this day. These ideas also infuse popular culture and shape many dramatic presentations, such as the film The Last Samurai (Edward Zwick, 2003), in which the filmmakers bend over backwards to elevate the Asians while downgrading the Westerners and so present simply a different version of the old simplistic approach."

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