Virtual Orientalism

Jane Iwamura examines contemporary fascination with Eastern spirituality and provides a cultural history of the representation of Asian religions in American mass media.

Author: Jane Naomi Iwamura

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199738601

Category: Social Science

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Jane Iwamura examines contemporary fascination with Eastern spirituality and provides a cultural history of the representation of Asian religions in American mass media. At the heart of her study is the Oriental Monk, a non-sexual, solitary, conventionalized icon who generously and purposefully shares his wisdom with the West.
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Virtual Orientalism

In order to grasp this force, one must “take the images by their virtual centers [and
] superimpose them.” I follow Massumi's lead here. In the pages that follow, I track
Virtual Orientalism's emergence in the American popular imagination through ...

Author: Jane Iwamura

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199792852

Category: Religion

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Saffron-robed monks and long-haired gurus have become familiar characters on the American popular culture scene. Jane Iwamura examines the contemporary fascination with Eastern spirituality and provides a cultural history of the representation of Asian religions in American mass media. Encounters with monks, gurus, bhikkhus, sages, sifus, healers, and masters from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds and religious traditions provided initial engagements with Asian spiritual traditions. Virtual Orientalism shows the evolution of these interactions, from direct engagements with specific individuals to mediated relations with a conventionalized icon: the Oriental Monk. Visually and psychically compelling, the Oriental Monk becomes for Americans a ''figure of translation''--a convenient symbol for alternative spiritualities and modes of being. Through the figure of the solitary Monk, who generously and purposefully shares his wisdom with the West, Asian religiosity is made manageable-psychologically, socially, and politically--for popular culture consumption. Iwamura's insightful study shows that though popular engagement with Asian religions in the United States has increased, the fact that much of this has taken virtual form makes stereotypical constructions of "the spiritual East" obdurate and especially difficult to challenge.
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Virtual Orientalism in Brazilian Culture

The book examines engagements with Japanese postmodern culture in Brazil, which emerge in relation to the history of Japanese immigration and through a series of European and North American discursive mediations.

Author: E. King

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137462190

Category: Social Science

Page: 214

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Orientalist discourses in Brazilian culture are an expression of anxieties about the re-structuring of time and space in the network age. The book examines engagements with Japanese postmodern culture in Brazil, which emerge in relation to the history of Japanese immigration and through a series of European and North American discursive mediations.
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Virtual Orientalism

Jane Iwamura examines contemporary fascination with Eastern spirituality and provides a cultural history of the representation of Asian religions in American mass media.

Author: Jane Naomi Iwamura

Publisher:

ISBN: 0199894604

Category: Kung fu (Television program : 1972-1975)

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Jane Iwamura examines contemporary fascination with Eastern spirituality and provides a cultural history of the representation of Asian religions in American mass media. At the heart of her study is the Oriental Monk, a non-sexual, solitary conventionalized icon who generously and purposefully shares his wisdom with the West.
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The Oriental Monk in American Popular Culture

Abstract The Oriental Monk in American Popular Culture : Race , Religion , and
Representation in the Age of Virtual Orientalism by Jane Naomi Iwamura Doctor
of Philosophy in Rhetoric University of California , Berkeley Professor Judith ...

Author: Jane Naomi Iwamura

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ISBN: UCAL:C3479417

Category: Kung fu

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The Virtual Ninja Manifesto

Draws on the traditions of the martial arts to ask whether playing violent videogames actually transform gamers into better people.

Author: Chris Goto-Jones

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781783489831

Category: Philosophy

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Draws on the traditions of the martial arts to ask whether playing violent videogames actually transform gamers into better people.
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The Virtual Ninja Manifesto

Draws on the traditions of the martial arts to ask whether playing violent videogames actually transform gamers into better people.

Author: Chris Goto Jones

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield International

ISBN: 1783489820

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Draws on the traditions of the martial arts to ask whether playing violent videogames actually transform gamers into better people.
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America History and Life

The Oriental Monk in American Popular Culture : Race , Religion , and
Representation in the Age of Virtual Orientalism . ” U. of California , Berkeley
2001. 209 pp . DAI 2002 63 ( 2 ) : 635-636A. DA3044510 40 : 6221 1961-65
Carroll , Don R.

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ISBN: UOM:39015065432968

Category: Canada

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Provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes information abstracted from over 2,000 journals published worldwide.
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Control and Freedom

But what happens when we take freedom of intercourse seriously , even if it is
within the rubric of high - tech Orientalism ? Consider , for instance , virtual sex .
In many ways virtual sex epitomizes the Orientalist dreams of the Internet . As
Cleo ...

Author: Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

Publisher: Mit Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105114588457

Category: Computers

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Wendy Hui Kyong Chun explores the current political & technological coupling of freedom with control by tracing the emergence of the Internet as a mass medium. She argues that the parallel myths of the Internet as total freedom/total control stem from our reduction of political problems into technological ones.
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The Assimilation of Yogic Religions through Pop Culture

This volume presents case studies in the shifting representations of yogic themes and figures in worldwide popular culture from the middle of the nineteenth century to contemporary times.

Author: Paul G. Hackett

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498552301

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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This volume presents case studies in the shifting representations of yogic themes and figures in worldwide popular culture from the middle of the nineteenth century to contemporary times. The authors analyze everything from comic books and novels to television, movies, and theater as they portray yogis and their esoteric practices.
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Virtual Geography

When the Western television news and the front pages of the newspapers carried
the close - up of Saddam Hussein's hand stroking the Lockwood boy's head , he
changed character in the “ Orientalist ” vision the West has of the Middle East .

Author: McKenzie Wark

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105009748661

Category: Social Science

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Draws on critical theory and poststructuralism to create new strategies for writing about the experiences of everyday life inder the impact of increasingly global media vectors.
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Asian Music

1 In this article I study the virtual absence of Orientalism in the musical lives of
Arab immigrants who first established communities in the United States and the
subsequent appropriation , by certain members in this community , of Orientalist ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015025425318

Category: Music

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Envisioning Asia

divdivFilm provides a window into American culture and its attitudes toward Asia of the first half of the 20th century/DIV/DIV

Author: Jeanette Roan

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472050833

Category: History

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Film provides a window into American culture and its attitudes toward Asia of the first half of the 20th century
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Resisting the Virtual Life

Orientalism . Harmondsworth : Penguin . Skirrow , G. 1986. “ Hellivision : An
Analysis of Video Games . ” In High Theory , Low Culture . Edited by C. MacCabe
. Manchester : Manchester University Press . Stam , R. 1992. “ Mobilising Fictions
 ...

Author: James Brook

Publisher: City Lights Books

ISBN: UOM:39015031712550

Category: Social Science

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A variety of contributors gauge the impact of the new video, computer, and networked communications on the ways of life in a restructured world, exposing relations of power and dependence and offering strategies of resistance.
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Discourse

Book Reviews The Oriental Monk Goes Virtual Carolyn Chen Virtual Orientalism :
Asian Religions and American Popular Culture by Jane Naomi Iwamura . New
York : Oxford University Press , 2010 . 198 pages . $ 24.95 paperback .

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ISBN: WISC:89115034696

Category: Communication

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Orientalism and the Jews

gist , but also a notable strain of orientalist rhetoric . In Zweig ' s account , the
eastern Jew maintains a close lineage with the oriental Jew , a figure with whom
there is almost virtual interchangeability in terms of their stock features . In Zweig '
s ...

Author: Ivan Davidson Kalmar

Publisher: Brandeis Univ

ISBN: UOM:39015059561012

Category: History

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At the turn of the twenty-first century, in spite of growing globalization there remains in the world a split between the West and the rest. The manner in which this split has been imagined and represented in Western civilization has been the subject of intense cross-disciplinary scrutiny, much of it under the rubric of “orientalism.” This debate, sparked by the 1978 publication of Edward Said’s Orientalism identifies the “Orient” as the Islamic world and to a lesser extent Hindu India. “Orientalism” signifies the way the West imagined this terrain. Going beyond Said’s framework, in their introduction to the volume, Kalmar and Penslar argue that orientalism is based on the Christian West’s attempts to understand and manage its relations with both of its monotheistic Others—Muslims and Jews. According to the editors, Jews have almost always been present whenever occidentals talked about or imagined the East; and the Western image of the Muslim Orient has been formed and continues to be formed in inextricable conjunction with Western perceptions of the Jewish people. Bringing together essays by an array of international scholars in a wide range of disciplines, Orientalism and the Jews demonstrates that, since the Middle Ages, Jews have been seen in the Western world as both occidental and oriental. Jews formed the model for medieval depictions of Muslim warriors. Representations of biblical Jews in early modern Europe provided essential sustenance for Western fictions about the Muslim world. And many of the Western protagonists of imperialism “discovered” real or imaginary Jews wherever their expeditions took them. Today orientalist attitudes by Israelis target not only Arabs but also the mizrahi (“oriental”) Israelis with roots in the Arab world as Others.
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Virtual Memory

In Virtual Memory, Homay King traces the concept of the virtual through the philosophical works of Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze, and Giorgio Agamben to offer a new framework for thinking about film, video, and time-based contemporary art.

Author: Homay King

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822375159

Category: Art

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In Virtual Memory, Homay King traces the concept of the virtual through the philosophical works of Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze, and Giorgio Agamben to offer a new framework for thinking about film, video, and time-based contemporary art. Detaching the virtual from its contemporary associations with digitality, technology, simulation, and speed, King shows that using its original meaning—which denotes a potential on the cusp of becoming—provides the means to reveal the "analog" elements in contemporary digital art. Through a queer reading of the life and work of mathematician Alan Turing, and analyses of artists who use digital technologies such as Christian Marclay, Agnès Varda, and Victor Burgin, King destabilizes the analog/digital binary. By treating the virtual as the expression of powers of potential and change and of historical contingency, King explains how these artists transcend distinctions between disembodiment and materiality, abstraction and tangibility, and the unworldly and the earth-bound. In so doing, she shows how their art speaks to durational and limit-bound experience more than contemporary understandings of the virtual and digital would suggest.
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Virtual Freedom

36 The Kama Sutra is often subjected to orientalist readings that neglect the
spiritual , social , and philosophical connections that the images represent . 37 In
the Interactive recording studio the user hears a song called “ Race ” in which the
 ...

Author: Crystal L. Keels

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000082020482

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Reflections on Orientalism

Peasants were held as virtual peons on the immense friar - owned estates . And
the friars maintained a pretty tight hold on local and colonial government as well .
Besides that , their reputation for venery is probably unsurpassed in history ...

Author: Warren I. Cohen

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015010396045

Category: American literature

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Cornell University Courses of Study

... I concerned with the role of virtual technologies in representations of Japan , as
well as with a | proliferation of late twentieth - century representations of Japan as
a site of utopic or dystopic virtuality . Positing Orientalism as a broadly - based ...

Author: Cornell University

Publisher:

ISBN: CORNELL:31924086740895

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