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Techno-Orientalism

Imagining Asia in Speculative Fiction, History, and Media
David S. Roh (Editor), Betsy Huang (Editor), Greta A. Niu (Editor)
272 pages, 15 photographs, 6 x 9
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Series: Asian American Studies Today
Subject Area:
Asian American Studies, American Studies, Literary Studies

Description

What will the future look like? To judge from many speculative fiction films and books, from Blade Runner to Cloud Atlas, the future will be full of cities that resemble Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, and it will be populated mainly by cold, unfeeling citizens who act like robots. Techno-Orientalism investigates the phenomenon of imagining Asia and Asians in hypo- or hyper-technological terms in literary, cinematic, and new media representations, while critically examining the stereotype of Asians as both technologically advanced and intellectually primitive, in dire need of Western consciousness-raising. 
 
The collection’s fourteen original essays trace the discourse of techno-orientalism across a wide array of media, from radio serials to cyberpunk novels, from Sax Rohmer’s Dr. Fu Manchu to Firefly.  Applying a variety of theoretical, historical, and interpretive approaches, the contributors consider techno-orientalism a truly global phenomenon. In part, they tackle the key question of how these stereotypes serve to both express and assuage Western anxieties about Asia’s growing cultural influence and economic dominance. Yet the book also examines artists who have appropriated techno-orientalist tropes in order to critique racist and imperialist attitudes. 
 
Techno-Orientalism is the first collection to define and critically analyze a phenomenon that pervades both science fiction and real-world news coverage of Asia. With essays on subjects ranging from wartime rhetoric of race and technology to science fiction by contemporary Asian American writers to the cultural implications of Korean gamers, this volume offers innovative perspectives and broadens conventional discussions in Asian American Cultural studies. 
 
 
 

Praise

"Situating itself at the nexus of Asian and Asian American Studies, Techno-Orientalism covers an exciting range of topics and draws productive connections between literature, popular culture, technology, and the emergent geopolitics of what has been called the Pacific Century. This collection is a vital contribution to global media and cultural studies."
—Peter Paik, author of From Utopia to Apocalypse: Science Fiction and the Politics of Catastr

"'Techno-orientalism' is everywhere. This volume demonstrates for the first time that it is an indispensable critical category for contemporary thought. Any attempt to think globalization, neo-liberalism, and the human is incomplete without it."
—Mark C. Jerng, University of California, Davis

Author / Editor Bio

DAVID S. ROH is an assistant professor of American literature and digital humanities at Old Dominion University. He is the author of Illegal Literature: Toward a Disruptive Creativity.
 
BETSY HUANG is an associate professor of English and chief officer of Diversity and Inclusion at Clark University. She is the author of Contesting Genres in Contemporary Asian American Fiction
 
GRETA A. NIU earned her Ph.D. in English from Duke University and has taught at SUNY Brockport, University of Rochester, and St. John Fisher College. 
 

Contributors

David S. Roh, Betsy Huang, Greta A. Niu, Kenneth Hough, Jason Crum, Victor Bascara, Warren Liu, Seo-Young Chu, Abigail De Kosnik, Jinny Huh, Steve Choe, Se Young Kim, Dylan Yeats, Julie Ha Tran, Kathryn Allan, Aimee Bahng, Douglas S. Ishii, Tzarina T. Prater, Catherine Fung, Charles Park

Table Of Contents

Acknowledgments
 
Technologizing Orientalism: An Introduction
 
Part I   Iterations & Instantiations
 
Chapter 1   Demon Courage and Dread Engines: America’s Reaction to the Russo-Japanese War and the Genesis of the Japanese Invasion Sublime
 
Chapter 2   “Out of the Glamorous, Mystic East”: Techno-Orientalism in Early Twentieth-Century United States Radio Broadcasting
 
Chapter 3   Looking Backward from 2019 to 1882: Reading the Dystopias of Future Multiculturalism in the Utopias of Asian Exclusion
 
Chapter 4   Queer Excavations: Technology, Temporality, Race
 
Chapter 5   I, Stereotype: Detained in the Uncanny Valley
 
Chapter 6   The Mask of Fu Manchu, Son of Sinbad, and Star Wars IV: A New Hope: Techno-Orientalist Cinema as an Mnemotechnics of 20th Century U.S.-Asian Conflicts
 
Chapter 7   Racial Speculations: (Bio)Technology, Battlestar Galactica, and Mixed-Race Imagining
 
Chapter 8   “Never Stop Playing”: StarCraft and Asian Gamer Death
 
Chapter 9   “Home Is Where the War Is”: Remaking Techno-Orientalist Militarism on the Homefront
 
Part II   Reappropriations & Recuperations
 
Chapter 10   Thinking about Bodies, Souls, and Race in Gibson’s Bridge Trilogy
 
Chapter 11   Re-imagining Asian Women in Feminist Post-Cyberpunk Science Fiction
 
Chapter 12   The Cruel Optimism of Asian Futurity and the Reparative Practices of Sonny Liew’s Malinky Robot
 
Chapter 13   Palimpsestic Orientalisms and Antiblackness: Or, Joss Whedon’s “grand vision of an Asian/American tomorrow”
 
Chapter 14   “How Does It Not Know What It Is?”: The Techno-Orientalized Body in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and Larissa Lai’s Automaton Biographies
 
Chapter 15   “A Poor Man from a Poor Country”: Nam June Paik, TV-Buddha, and the Techno-Orientalist Lens
 
Desiring Machines, Repellant Subjects: A Conclusion
 
Bibliography 
 
Notes on Contributors
 
Index
 

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