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RACIAL STIGMA ON THE HOLLYWOOD SCREEN: THE ORIENTALIST BUDDY FILM

Brian Locke
Ethnic Studies Department
University of Colorado, Boulder

“Locke grabs the reader with an intensity that is personal . . .
subtle and powerful . . . brilliant . . . 100 percent solid, 0 percent
sermonistic.” CHOICE (August 2010)

RACIAL STIGMA ON THE HOLLYWOOD SCREEN: THE ORIENTALIST BUDDY FILM
analyzes an important way in which the white and black binary so
dominant in American racial discourse has influenced the
representation of the Asian. The book argues that between WWII and
9/11 Hollywood represented the Asian as foreign or non-American
because of the longstanding historical contradiction between US
democratic ideals and white America’s persistent domination of blacks.
Racial Stigma analyzes the politics of the Orientalist buddy film, a
wholly unexamined type of movie that offers a scenario in which two
American men, one white and one black, transcend an initial hatred for
one another by joining forces against a foreign Asian menace. Via
contrast, the movie’s vilification of the Asian emphasizes what the
two buddies share, thus dissolving the differences between white and
black. Since the buddies bond, among other things, upon the common
ground of national status, the Asian menace must be non-American. The
book’s six chapters cover a variety of genres: the combat movie, the
interracial buddy movie, blaxploitation, the detective film, and
science fiction.

African American Studies, American Studies, Asian American Studies,
Comparative Race Studies, Film Studies

222 pages
Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 978-1-137-02934-8

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