The Movies of Racial Childhoods: Screening Self-Sovereignty in Asian/America (Paperback)

The Movies of Racial Childhoods: Screening Self-Sovereignty in Asian/America By Celine Parreñas Shimizu Cover Image

The Movies of Racial Childhoods: Screening Self-Sovereignty in Asian/America (Paperback)

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In The Movies of Racial Childhoods Celine Parre as Shimizu examines early twenty-first-century cinematic representations of Asian and Asian American children. Drawing on psychoanalysis and her own perspective as a mother grieving for a deceased child, Shimizu considers how cinema renders Asian American children through sexualized racial difference, infantilization, and premature adultification. She looks at how Asian American childhood is characterized in film through experiences of alienation and trauma and contends that childhood development requires finding freedom and self-sovereignty through agentic attunement. In analyzing films that focus on queer Asian American youth such as Spa Night (2016) and Driveways (2019) and those that explore the trauma of being an immigrant like Yellow Rose (2019) and The Half of It (2020), Shimizu demonstrates that films can prompt viewers to evaluate their own childhood development. They also allow the opportunity to understand the demands placed upon Asian American children, particularly in regard to race and sexuality. In this way, cinema becomes a vehicle for empowering our inner child and the children all around us.
Product Details ISBN: 9781478025658
ISBN-10: 1478025654
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication Date: January 12th, 2024
Pages: 264
Language: English