“Mao’s Last Dancer:” Section 2

Cunxin Photograph

Presentation: http://prezi.com/mrv0om9zxpxa/maos-last-dancer/ Introduction: The film, Mao’s Last Dancer, by Bruce Beresford, follows the life of Li Cunxin, a Chinese ballet dancer in the 1980s, and his subsequent defection to America. Li Cunxin was born in the Shandong Province and is selected to be a dancer at the Beijing Dance Academy at age 11. Eventually he is sent […]

Mao’s Last Dancer Section 1

Li speaks Chinese while in an American setting

In Mao’s Last Dancer (2010, Dir. Bruce Beresford), Li Cunxin is portrayed as a non-racist character as assessed through Wu’s three-pronged theoretical ideal of a Chinese-American character. Wu’s three-pronged theoretical ideal of a Chinese-American character. Unlike the classic Hollywood films that we studied in class, Li Cunxin’s character is realistically shaped by his cultural environment in Communist […]

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Section 1 Analysis