2023-2024 Catalog

FYS 4 Techno-Orientalism

This course investigates how Asian American artists, filmmakers, and writers have responded to fantasies and fears of Asia—its cultural influence, its economic might, and its military ascendance—by appropriating the conventions of speculative fiction. We will examine how representations of Asian bodies and landscapes in alternate realities, possible futures, or revisionist histories negotiate what scholars call techno-orientalism—problematic visions of Asia as simultaneously hypo- and hyper-technological. Open only to first year frosh.


4 units