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

clarkjc@jmu.edu
Mon, 7 Jul 2003 14:27:41 -0400

I second the sentiment. After fulminating last week around
this topic (among others), I disappeared too quickly to meet
Gary's call.

Jeff

---- Original message ----
>Date: Mon, 07 Jul 2003 13:19:28 -0400
>From: Bonnie Brown <bonnie.brown@nyu.edu>
>Subject: Re: RE: [Videolib] Re: Charlie Chan and Fox
>To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
>
>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-----
>> From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
>> [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--
>> about 650
>> 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
>> libraries and schools. At the same time, as librarians
and educators,
>> 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
>> Media Resources Center
>> Moffitt Library
>> UC Berkeley
>>
>> Professor Linda Williams
>> Chair
>> Film Studies Department
>> UC Berkeley
>>
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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
>> 94103415863-0814 ext. 103415 863-7428 faxe:
eddie@naatanet.orgurl;
>> www.naatanet.org <" target="l">http://www.naatanet.org/>
>> become a NAATA member, visit www.naatanet.org/aboutus
>>
>> Gary Handman
>> Director
>> Media Resources Center
>> Moffitt Library
>> UC Berkeley
>> ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
>> http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC
>>
>> "What is cinema? Nothing. What does cinema want?
Everything. What can
>> cinema do? Something."
>> --Jean-Luc Godard, Histoire(s) du cinema
>>
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