Films As Expression of Asian Research Paper

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I. Thesis -- the convention that the husband fulfills the dominant male provider role while his wife supports him in all of his endeavors, particularly domestic ones, is at the heart of the cultural value of Asian marriages.

A. Asian society, as well as that of Asians in the westernized world, is male dominated.

1. There are numerous films that depict males and husbands in roles in which they are the material provider and principle decision maker in a marriage.

B. In conventional Asian marriages, women are usually relegated to domesticated roles in which they support the efforts of their husbands in conventional manners such as preparing food, cleaning the home, as well as taking care of the children.

1. In a number of movies depicting Asian women and wives, they function as the stereotypical 'princess', providing a need to be rescued or the advice of wise counsel to assist their husbands and other dominant male characters.

C. Most marriages in Asia have resisted the more modern conventions of women pursuing careers first and getting married and having a family second.

Although those living in westernized society may have a little more parity between husbands and wives in terms of career pursuits and conjugal obligations, for the most part, the ancient conventions of the roles men and women played in marriages has not changed. This contrast is illustrated most dramatically via film.

Works Cited

The Warring States. Dir. Chen Jin. Perf. Sun Honglei, Francis Ng. China Lion Film Distribution, 2011.

The Joy Luck Club. Dir. Wayne Wang. Perf. Ming-Na, Rosalind Chao. Hollywood Pictures, 1993.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Dir. Ang Lee. Perf. Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh. Sony Pictures Classics, 2000.

The Beautiful Country. Dir. Hans Molland. Perf. Damien Nguyen, Bai Ling. Sony Pictures Classics, 2004.

The Cats of Mirikatani. Dir. Linda Hattendorf. Perf. Jimmy Mirikatani. Independent, 2006.

A Great Wall. Dir. Peter Wang. Perf. Peter Wang, Kelvin Han Yee. Orion Classics, 1986.

Heaven and Earth. Dir. Oliver Stone. Perf. Hiep Thi Le, Joan Chen. Warner Bros., 1993.

Journey From the Fall. Dir. Ham Tran. Perf. Kieu Chinh, Long Nguyen. ImaginAsian Pictures, 2006.

Living on Tokyo Time. Dir. Steven Okazaki. Perf. Ken Nakagawa, Minako, Ohashi. Skouras Pictures, 1987.

Chan is Missing. Dir. Wayne Wang. Perf. Wood Moy, Marc Hayashi. New Yorker Films, 1982.

Charlotte Sometimes. Dir. Eric Byler. Perf. Michael Idemoto, Eugenia Yuan. Independent, 2002.

Daughter From Danang. Dir. Gail Dolgin. Perf. Heidi Bub, Mai Thi Kim.PBS Home Video, 2002.

Daughter of Shanghai. Dir. Robert Florey. Perf. Anna May Wong, Phillip Anh. Paramount Pictures, 1937.

Dim Sum Funeral. Dir. Anna Chi. Perf. Kelly Hu, Bai Ling. Independent, 2008.

Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart. Dir. Wayne Wang. Perf. Laureen Chew, Victor Wong. Orion Classics, 1985.

Eat a Bowl of Tea. Dir. Wayne Wang. Perf. Cora Miao, Russell Wong. Independent, 1989.

Family Gathering. Dir. Lise Yasui. Perf. This was a documentary. Independent, 1988.

Flower Drum Song. Dir. Henry Koster. Perf. Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta. Universal Studios, 1961.

Good Soil. Dir.…

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Works Cited

The Warring States. Dir. Chen Jin. Perf. Sun Honglei, Francis Ng. China Lion Film Distribution, 2011.

The Joy Luck Club. Dir. Wayne Wang. Perf. Ming-Na, Rosalind Chao. Hollywood Pictures, 1993.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Dir. Ang Lee. Perf. Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh. Sony Pictures Classics, 2000.

The Beautiful Country. Dir. Hans Molland. Perf. Damien Nguyen, Bai Ling. Sony Pictures Classics, 2004.

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