MAIIC student publishes research
March 27, 2014
Lee Richard, a second year student in the MAIIC, completed his research as an innovative learning assignment carried for Phillip Vannini's course IICS 605: Public Culture. For his research Lee interviewed Japanese and Canadian viewers of Sydney Pollack's film The Yakuza, and reflected on their reception of the film.
Lee writes: "The film can be interpreted as a ground breaking in that it’s one of the first Western films to attempt to portray Asian culture and characters beyond broad stereotypes. Also, compared with later depictions of Japan in Western films during the ‘80s and ‘90s, the film lacks the ambivalence and cynicism endemic of Western presentations of Japan during the Reagan era, a lingering a side-effect of America’s economic and social decline in the shadow of Japan’s rise."
Read the full story in the The Spectator Tribune here.