Hollywood asian philip ahn and the politics of cross ethnic performance by hye seung chung philadelphia temple university press 2006 xxii 232 pp 2295 paper isbn 1 59213 515 3 hye sueng chung has written the first book examining american film and televi sions treatment of koreans using the marginalized career of hollywood actor. More than 20 years ago i completed a book on robert florey who directed philip ahn in three movies and at least twice as many filmed television dramas the two were close friends with florey visiting ahns moongate restaurant and ahn writing floreys name in korean on the background of a vietnamese prison set in rogues regiment. From silent films to television programs hollywood has employed actors of various ethnicities to represent oriental characters from caucasian stars like loretta young made up in yellow face to korean american pioneer philip ahn whose more than 200 screen performances included roles as sadistic japanese military officers in world war ii movies and a wronged chinese mer. In this beautifully crafted book chung convinces that the career of korean american actor philip ahn offers a veritable history of american racial politics and performance remarkable is chungs deft examination of cross ethnic performance and of asian american spectatorship. Hye seung chung hollywood asian philip ahn and the politics of cross ethnic performance temple university press 2006 248 pp 2295 paperback reviewed by oliver wang california state university long beach amongst the notable asian american actors of hollywoods first half century anna may wong
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