The Franke Forum presents: B. Cumings on "The Orientalist Roots of American Perceptions of N. Korea"

Sponsored by the University of Chicago's Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Franke Forum is a series of free public lectures by renowned University scholars.

Professor Cumings will discuss Marx’s “Asiatic Mode of Production,” Karl Wittfogel’s Oriental Despotism, some Hollywood films and characters (Mr. Moto, Charlie Chan, Fu Manchu, The Manchurian Candidate, Chinatown), and argue that such works have created a deeply-rooted image in the American mind of the ”evil Oriental,” which Kim Jong-un appears to personify. Chinatown is a (very) rare exception, reversing stereotypes by placing the “Asiatic mode” in Los Angeles in the 1930s, with WASP despots at the helm.

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Event Information

Cost: Complimentary


Wednesday, 03/7/18 at 5:15pm - 6:15pm | iCal


The Gleacher Center
450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive Room 621
Chicago, IL 60611 USA

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Event Contact
Mai Vukcevich, AM'02