Reload: Share Your Thoughts with Professor Kim

Over the past two decades, the world has changed dramatically as global capitalism moves production, people, technologies, and ideas over borders around the globe. New formations and new communities have emerged everywhere. Now there are many more Asians from diverse backgrounds living all over the world, including in the U.S. American people are becoming more racially mixed than ever, and old notions of race, gender, and identity have been called into question. How does today's Hollywood reflect these changes? What is new and what's been recycled? What interventions are being made in Asian American independent films and new media?

Professor Kim invites you to share your thoughts, impressions, and suggestions on RELOADED by commenting on this entry.

 

Comments

Messiness, Music Videos, and nudity

Dear Professor Kim,
First, I want to say I really loved what you have put together. It is simultaneously thought provoking and viscerally cringe-inducing (in a good way).
Comments/suggestions: 1.) love the messiness and scope of ambition 2.) like some of the other audience members, I really enjoyed the juxtaposition/irony engendered by the afro/orientalism 3.) unlike Professor Glenn, I, a not so squeamish male, would actually appreciate some black rectangles because the nudity--while representative of an ugly reality--might be superfluous.
Otherwise, not much more for me to add then glad that you undertook this marvelous project.

New Media

Your film highlighted how interventions from independent films and new media are challenging traditional Asian stereotypes and offering a new perspective and portrayal of Asians in media and film. Your film, also, mentioned the disproportionate percentage of Asian women porn websites. This presents a very interesting juxtaposition between how new media is being used, since the porn industry has proliferated due to its increased accessibility over the Internet. I feel like the film was positive about new media providing alternative images to mainstream Hollywood, but do you think that there are enough positive alternatives to effectively counter the continuing reproduction of the same old stereotypes?