Contact: Fran Maas, President's Distinguished Lecture Series coordinator, (360) 650-7545, Fran.Maas@wwu.edu
BELLINGHAM - Western Washington University's Midori Takagi, an associate professor of History, will present the next Turning Points faculty lecture of the 2007-2008 season.
Takagi's talk, "There are no Katos Here, Everyone is the Hornet: The Asian Hero in American Action Films," will be at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 in Communications Facility room 110. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Takagi, who has been at Western for 13 years, is on the faculty of Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies. Her specialties include southern slave studies, African American and Asian American history, and film studies.
In her Turning Points talk, Takagi will address the growing popularity of Asian stars in American movies over the past thirty years. Since the 1970's, beginning with Bruce Lee, Asian actors have become more visible and have moved beyond a cult following. Takagi cites examples such as Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Chow Yun Fat and Jet Li. According to Takagi, with each of their box office successes, Asian actors find greater opportunities to play leading roles and are no longer limited to being the side-kick or chauffeur. But Takagi says " their crowns do not fit well."
"In spite of these actors' impact on Hollywood, they have not redefined the American action tradition to truly accept an Asian hero, "said Takagi. Her lecture will cover the history of cinema heroes and the Asian American experience and why Hollywood won't allow Asian men to "beat the bad guy, get the girl and ride into the sunset."
For more information about the Turning Points Series faculty speaker series call (360) 650-7545 or visit https://web.cms.wwu.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~lectures/turningpoints.html.
For those attending Turning Points faculty lectures, no parking permit is required to park after 5 p.m. in the gravel lots 12A and the C lots south of the Communications Facility, near Fairhaven College. Parking meters require payment all hours.