Asian Futures, Without Asians: an illustrated talk by Astria SuparakA samurai sword on the wall of an evil mastermind's office. A home decorated with Buddha statues. A blonde woman in a cheongsam. A speculative cityscape punctuated with prominent signage in Arabic. What does it mean when so many white filmmakers envision futures inflected by Asian culture, but devoid of actual Asian people?
Astria Suparak discusses the implications of not only borrowing heavily from Asian culture, but decontextualizing and misrepresenting it, while Asian contributors are simultaneously excluded. Her lecture is interspersed with visual examples from popular American science fiction movies and TV shows, from the 1960s through today.
Download a full color version of Astria's visual essay from Why are they so afraid of the lotus here.
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