Astria Suparak: Asian futures, without Asians


  • ©2020 - ongoing, Astria Suparak, Asian futures, without Asians

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    Asian futures, without Asians

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    2020 - ongoing

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    Various forms, including a video, illustrated presentations, digital projects, and visual essays

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    Asian futures, without Asians is a visual analysis of 40+ years of American science fiction cinema. It draws from the histories of art, architecture, design, fashion, film, food, and weaponry. The multipart research project analyses how white Western sci-fi filmmakers depict futures inflected by Asian culture but devoid of actual Asian people. With coronavirus fears manifesting in irrational anti-Asian racism and conspiracy theories, this selection of images highlights how an old, xenophobic trope has persisted over two centuries.


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