Crazy, rich, when Asian: Yellowface ambivalence and mockery in Crazy Rich Asians
This essay takes a postcolonial approach to trouble the celebratory notion that Crazy Rich Asians is unequivocal progress for Asian/American media representation. Using textual analysis, the essay reads Asian subjectivities portrayed in the movie in the context of race relations in the United States, in Singapore, and between the United States and Asia. The essay concludes by discussing how yellowface mockery and ambivalence center whiteness in different ways for Asia-Asians and Asian Americans, and it argues for the continued relevance of yellowface theorizations for unpacking representations of Asian/American subjectivities in filmic texts that are produced by, for, and with Asians.
|Work Title||Crazy, rich, when Asian: Yellowface ambivalence and mockery in Crazy Rich Asians|
|Keyword||Asian representation; Asian subjectivity; whiteness; yellowface; transnational media|
|License||All rights reserved|
|Publisher||Journal of International and Intercultural Communication|
|Publication Date||December 17, 2020|
|Publisher Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1080/17513057.2020.1857426|
|Deposited||February 16, 2021 13:01|
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