Re: RE: [Videolib] Re: Charlie Chan and Fox

Bonnie Brown (bonnie.brown@nyu.edu)
Mon, 07 Jul 2003 13:19:28 -0400

I wish that I had been here last week so that my name could have also appeared proudly on the list. If it's not too late...

Bonnie Brown
Avery Fisher Center/Bobst Library
New York University
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10010

----- Original Message -----
From: Jerry Notaro <notaro@bayflash.stpt.usf.edu>
Date: Monday, July 7, 2003 11:54 am
Subject: RE: [Videolib] Re: Charlie Chan and Fox

> Wish I?d have said that! Could not have put it any better.
>
> Jerry
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> [videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Gary Handman
> Sent: Monday, July 07, 2003 11:18 AM
> To: EWong80859@aol.com
> Cc: foxmovies@fox.com; videolib@library.berkeley.edu
> Subject: [Videolib] Re: Charlie Chan and Fox
>
> Dear Eddie
>
> Thanks for your thoughtful note; I appreciate your contacting us.
> As
> I am sure you aware, the discussion group I represent (The American
> Library Association Video Round Table/Videolib listserv) comprises
> librarians, educators, film/video producers and distributors--
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> individuals in all. As a group, we have enormous respect for
> NAATA and
> its programs. The VRT has worked very hard over the past 15 years to
> establish close working relations with independent filmmakers and
> distributors. We feel strongly that video librarians and indie
> film and
> video producers must continue to work closely together to ensure the
> availability of diverse, quality collections and programming in
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> it is equally important to us to ensure and protect freedom of
> expression, freedom to view, and continuing access to the full-
> range of
> our printed and visual heritage. We are very aware of the long and
> painful history of negative stereotypes in the media in this country,
> and we celebrate the growing diversity of voices and visions available
> on film and video that are striving to counteract these images.
> It is
> our strong position, however, that no one is served by ignoring
> the past
> or by limiting access to the cultural record, good, bad, or ugly. To
> attempt to rectify the ills of history by hiding or censoring them
> is to
> tread on a dangerously slippery slope, indeed. It is, instead,
> our job
> as librarians and educators to provide both broad access to these
> imagesand a context in which to view, study, and discuss them in a
> hopefullymore enlightened light.
>
> We would very much like to work with both NAATA and Fox to develop
> a way
> to present the Charlie Chan films in a historical and cultural
> perspective. I look forward to discussing the possibilities further
> with you.
>
> Gary Handman
> Director
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>
>
> At 09:00 PM 7/2/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>
>
> -- Gary and Joan,
> I was forwarded your email and wanted to open up some dialog. As you
> know, NAATA was one of the group's asking Fox to cancel the Chan
> series.I'm sure you can understand the reasons why Asian Americans
> find Chan to
> be an offensive stereotype.
> I also understand your position. I believe that Fox or any
> network that
> chooses to show racially stereotypical movies should alert the viewers
> to the broader context of the work. The History Channel
> apparently does
> this by having a panel discussion before and after the broadcast of
> "Birth of a Nation," DW Griffith paen to the KKK. Having Fox do this
> with the Chan films would educate the audience. Most commercial
> networks, however, aren't in the education business. All they care
> aboutis getting the ads sold. So if it is a choice between having
> racistmovies on air without contextualization and not having them
> on air at
> all, I still favor not having them on air at all. The emails that are
> coming to NAATA reveal a great ignorance about racism and media
> literacy. People who tell us that we should "turn the channel" and
> "lighten up" really don't understand that racial stereotypes have a
> detrimental impact on Asian American self-esteem, not to mention
> engender racial hatred.
> Fox has opened the door to bring back the series. On the Fox Movie
> Channel Website, they say they will leave it up to public opinion.
> Perhaps, we will have to deal with this issue and can work
> together on
> getting Fox to put some strong disclaimers or additional
> commentary as
> the series continues.
> I regret that things are going in this direction. If we had left the
> Civil Rights Bill up to a public opinion poll, there would still be
> segregated housing in the South. Progress comes with some amount of
> pain. The victims of racial stereotyping in films have borne the
> burdentoo long.
> I hope to hear from you.
>
> Eddie WongExecutive DirectorNAATA145 9th St., Ste 350S.F., CA
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>
> Gary Handman
> Director
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> "What is cinema? Nothing. What does cinema want? Everything. What can
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> --Jean-Luc Godard, Histoire(s) du cinema
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