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We'll Always Have Chengdu: East Meets West on the Silver Screen

We'll Always Have Chengdu: East Meets West on the Silver Screen <jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>From 2006 to 2008, Peter J. Vernezze served as a Peace Corps volunteer at Sichuan Normal University in Chengdu, taking a two-year leave of absence from his regular job as a philosophy professor. During this time he facilitated a film series for his Chinese undergraduate students which showed classic and contemporary American films – everything from Casablanca to the Marx brothers to Brokeback Mountain. The goal of the series was "to use film in order to shed light on and increase the understanding of American culture and values." This essay is a personal account of the discussions which took place after the screenings and what this American and these Chinese students may or may not have learned from each other about universalities and differences in cultures.</jats:p> </jats:sec> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of American-East Asian Relations Brill

We'll Always Have Chengdu: East Meets West on the Silver Screen

Journal of American-East Asian Relations , Volume 18 (1): 95 – Jan 1, 2011

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© 2011 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1058-3947
eISSN
1876-5610
DOI
10.1163/187656110X542031
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Abstract

<jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>From 2006 to 2008, Peter J. Vernezze served as a Peace Corps volunteer at Sichuan Normal University in Chengdu, taking a two-year leave of absence from his regular job as a philosophy professor. During this time he facilitated a film series for his Chinese undergraduate students which showed classic and contemporary American films – everything from Casablanca to the Marx brothers to Brokeback Mountain. The goal of the series was "to use film in order to shed light on and increase the understanding of American culture and values." This essay is a personal account of the discussions which took place after the screenings and what this American and these Chinese students may or may not have learned from each other about universalities and differences in cultures.</jats:p> </jats:sec>

Journal

Journal of American-East Asian RelationsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2011

Keywords: MOVIES; SEPTEMBER 11; CHINA; CROSS-CULTURE; RACISM; PEACE CORPS; 9/11

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