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Asians and Asian Americans in Film

When East Meets East

When an aspiring Chinese actress is told in an audition "You should be more Chinese," she is confused. What exactly does it mean to be "more Chinese" for people of Asian descent who have relocated to or were born in North America?

World of Suzie Wong (1960)

Directed by Richard Quine. Cast: William Holden, Nancy Kwan, Sylvia Syms, Michael Wilding. A struggling transplanted American artist, living in Hong Kong, who's down on his luck meets a beautiful Chinese prostitute who captures his heart. Together, they test the strength of true love. Based on Richard Lakin Mason's novel by the same name (UCB Main PR6025.A793 W6 1957). 119 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Yasmin (Germany | UK, 2004)

Directed by Kenneth Glenaan. Cast: Archie Panjabi, Renu Setna, Steve Jackson, Syed Ahmed, Shahid Ahmed. In this drama set before and after the events of 9/11, a young Muslim woman living in Britain campaigns for the release of her immigrant husband from his detainment in a holding centre. After September 11th, the prejudice she experiences in her job and the treatment of common people forces her to reevaluate her life and take sides. 81 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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You Only Live Twice

(UK, 1967) Featuring Sean Connery (James Bond) facial surgery in order to pass for Japanese.

You're a Sap, Mr. Jap (Popeye) (1942)

Animated short. Directed by Dan Gordon. Popeye's sailing out in the Pacific, spoiling for a fight with the Japanese. He comes across what looks a Japanese fishing boat, but, just before Popeye lets loose with the old fists, the Japs offer him a peace treaty. Popeye's all for peace, but are the Japanese men of their word? ; also ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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