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Virtual Orientalism: Asian Religions and American Popular Culture

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Saffron-robed monks and long-haired gurus have become familiar characters on the American popular culture scene. Jane Iwamura examines the contemporary fascination with Eastern spirituality and provides a cultural history of the representation of Asian religions in American mass media. Encounters with monks, gurus, bhikkhus, sages, sifus, healers, and masters from a wide v ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published January 14th 2011 by Oxford University Press (first published December 14th 2010)
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Everybody was Kung-Fu fighting, and in doing so, they construct a racial and gendered equilibrium in which the dominant group is able to maintain the patriarchal privilege to speak, act, and fight on behalf of the Other.
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Interesting thesis drawing a historical line of the Oriental Monk figure and influence on the West. I thought the ideas could have been presented more clearly, however.
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