American cinema has long been one of the world’s most important sources of entertainment, and has been examined both at home and abroad for the political messages embedded in its films. This course investigates the presentation of American engagement in Asia over the past half-century, examining depictions of the United States and of Asian allies and opponents alike. Our focus will be on public representations of international relations — particularly through war and economic conflict — but we will also ask how changing images of the United States, as well as evolving practices in the film industry itself, shape how Asia appears on film.

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