“Top dog,” “Black threat,” and “japanese cats”: The impact of the white-Black binary on asian-american identity
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Radical Philosophy Review 1 (2):98-125 (1998)
This essay is a reading of two Hollywood films: The Defiant Ones (1958, directed by Stanley Kramer, starring Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier) and Rising Sun (1993, directed by Philip Kauffman starring Wesley Snipes and Sean Connery, based on the Michael Crichton novel of the same name). The essay argues that these films work to contain black demand for social and political equality not through exclusionary measures, but rather through deliberate acknowledgment of blackness as integral to US identity. My reading shows how a homosocial bond between white and black stands in for US national identity, and how this identity is unified by foregrounding the threat of an apocalyptic outcome. I use the concept of brinkmanship to illustrate the political effects of this particular narrative form. Then I move to Rising Sun, a film that employs a racial triangle of white, black and Asian men to manage black demand for social change. I argue that the narrative logic and the cultural politics of the film require any figure that is both Asian and masculine to be coded as a foreign enemy
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Herbert A. Simon (1991). Black Ravens and a White Shoe. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 42 (3):339-342.
David Owen (2007). Locke on Judgment. In Lex Newman (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Locke's "Essay Concerning Human Understanding". Cambridge University Press
Corey D. B. Walker (2004). Modernity in Black: Du Bois and the (Re)Construction of Black Identity in the Souls of Black Folk. Philosophia Africana 7 (1):83-93.
Naomi Zack (1995). Mixed Black and White Race and Public Policy. Hypatia 10 (1):120 - 132.
Jennifer Harvey (2011). White Protestants and Black Christians: The Absence and Presence of Whiteness in the Face of the Black Manifesto. Journal of Religious Ethics 39 (1):125-150.
Eric Schwitzgebel (2002). Why Did We Think We Dreamed in Black and White? Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 33 (4):649-660.
Ned Block (2006). Max Black's Objection to Mind-Body Identity. Oxford Review of Metaphysics 3:3-78.
Robin James (2011). On Intersectionality and Cultural Appropriation: The Case of Postmillennial Black Hipness. Journal of Black Masculinity 1 (2).
Jacob Rosen (2012). Motion and Change in Aristotles Physics 5. 1. Phronesis 57 (1):63-99.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads11 ( #308,332 of 1,796,455 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #466,501 of 1,796,455 )
How can I increase my downloads?