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A History of Race and He(te)rosexuality in the Movies

June 3, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

A History of Race and He(te)rosexuality in the Movies: James Shigeta’s Asian American Male Stardom


Celine Parreñas Shimizu, M.F.A., Ph.D.
Professor, Asian American, Feminist and Film and Media Studies
at the University of California at Santa Barbara

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
McCune Conference Room
UCSB HSSB 6th Floor-Tower Side


Contrary to the claim that Asian American men in the movies never kiss, or get the girl, the dashing Japanese American actor James Shigeta starred in 1950s and 60s American movies where he kissed, sexed, and married women, both white and Asian. In his roles, Shigeta confronts the criteria of failing normative manhood, and by arresting its limits, forges a desirable and desirous manhood beyond the disprized, deficient, and weak. Shigeta shows us how to create political possibilities through the power of performance.

Light Refreshments will be provided. If you need assistance due to a disability, please call (805) 893-8039.

Celine Shimizu UCSB Farewell Lecture Flyer


June 3, 2015
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


UCSB McCune Conference Room
HSSB 6th Floor-Tower Side
Goleta, CA 93106 United States
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Celine Parreñas Shimizu speaks on race, sexuality and representation in global popular culture and screens and discusses her films. 

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