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need help for final exam


I would appreciate any help with this, this is the question for the final and it may relate to this film. Thanks.


How are Yellow Peril stereotypes and their evolution through the twentieth century used in this film? are there representations of capitalism? Any interracial romances, if so what is it depicted like? How is the representation of World War II in this? What is the represenation of the Japanese in this?

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It's probably too late for your exam, so I'll just point out that a 1915 film has no representation of WWII in it.

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Capitalism would be the part about the husband and his friends investing in the stock market.

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When they mentioned WWII maybe they meant that this film was part of the historical basis for the Japanese stereotypes? That is, a pre-WWII film that showed a negative Japanese stereotype before the negative propaganda about Japanese in the 1940s.



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Read the late Iris Chang's book "The Rape of Nanking". That should provide you with some Japanese stereotypes. I was thinking about the part where he brands that guy's wife. Similar to raping, bayoneting and dismembering all those women in Nanking.... and everywhere else the Japanese happened to be.

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Well this may be a bit late regarding your exam over a year ago, but..........

Being set in the very early part of the Twentieth century, you have a distinguished Asian American highly respected in the New England social circles but being in a De Mille film, still keeps firebrands to make his mark on human female flesh!

The representation of capitalism is strikingly a mirror image of today (not a good thing!) No interracial romances, just slavery.

Forget WWII, this is set during WWI and with no mention made of Japanese relations.

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you have a distinguished Asian American highly respected in the New England social circles but being in a De Mille film, still keeps firebrands to make his mark on human female flesh!


Yeah. I was irritated with that too. How he went from a distinguished gentleman to a savage in an instant.

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