ASIA & HOLLYWOOD
2012/2013, Semester 2
Non-Faculty-Based Departments (Ctr For English Language Communication)
Modular Credits: 4
This module explores the complex relationship between Hollywood and Asia, looking at how these pop culture industries influence and shape one another. Many observers have pointed to Hollywood’s decline in recent decades. Meanwhile, Asian cinemas are on the rise, offering local moviegoers alternatives to the Hollywood blockbusters that have dominated theaters across the globe for decades. Hollywood has become an export-driven industry, and Asia provides its most important overseas market. In this small seminar, students will discuss topics such as the most recent kung fu movie craze, Hollywood remakes of Asian films, and cross-cultural fandom. We'll analyze films such as Infernal Affairs, Slumdog Millionaire, and Rush Hour 2. Studying both popular media coverage and academic essays, students will learn how authors construct arguments around a particular topic, how these discourses respond to one another, and how they themselves can construct their own responses to a topic.
Students must have passed/been exempted from the NUS Qualifying English Test (QET) or have passed CELC English for Academic Purposes modules.
Students who have already read a WP2201 or IEM module, ES1201G, ES1201L, ES1501%.
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