Race, Migration, and Japanese American Film Culture before World War II
By Denise Khor
208 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 35 halftones, 2 maps, appends., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6797-3
Published: July 2022
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-6796-6
Published: July 2022
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-6798-0
Published: April 2022
Studies in United States Culture
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Khor opens up transnational lines of inquiry and draws comparisons between early Japanese American cinema and Black cinema to craft a broad and expansive history of a transnational public sphere shaped by the circulation and exchange of people, culture, and ideas across the Pacific.
About the Author
Denise Khor is assistant professor of American studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
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"Illuminating . . . Khor clarifies how the Japanese American film culture has been shaped by the transpacific circulation of people, things, and ideas. She also demonstrates how its narratives and histories have been mediated in or haunted by these geopolitical concepts and theories."—Japanese Studies
"Transpacific Convergences reveals diverse worlds of Japanese American leisure, recreation, and community building almost entirely new to the historiography . . . These worlds unfold against transformations in the Hollywood and Japanese film industries, while Khor also highlights parallels with Black race films to frame out her story."—Western Historical Quarterly
“In every respect, this book is an excellent example of the new historical work being done in cinema and media studies, scholarship that orchestrates a necessary, rigorous conversation between media history and ethnic studies.”—Colin Gunckel, University of Michigan
"Denise Khor's illuminating book makes clear that Japanese American film culture has been shaped from the start by movements and dialogues between people, things, and ideas. This is a must-read for those who are interested in the dynamics of transpacific cultural exchange."—Daisuke Miyao, University of California—San Diego