Unit One Project: Analyzing East Asia in Hollywood
As the culminating project for Unit One, this assignment asks students to employ their knowledge of the history of Hollywood film discourses of East Asia gained in Unit One, along with their own creativity and a limited amount of outside research, to generate original analysis of discourses about East Asia presented in contemporary Hollywood cinema. Students will learn and apply WordPress web editing skills, bringing together text, video, and image to produce short web-based multimedia papers and accompanying online presentation slides. Students will collaborate in groups and present their work to the class.
Films to be analyzed:
M. Butterfly (1993)
The Last Samurai (2003)
Lost in Translation (2003)
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Mao’s Last Dancer (2009)
The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)
Students will split into groups of 4-5. Each group will select one film to watch and analyze. Each group will be responsible for giving one 20-minute in-class presentation on the selected film and for generating one blog page that combines text, screen shot images, one presentation link (see below) and embedded videos to provide a multimedia analysis of the discourse of East Asia as presented in the film. Presentations will take place on either Tuesday, Feb 12th, or Thursday, Feb 14th, and blog posts will be due the day of the in-class presentation for each group.
Each group presentation should be accompanied by one online slideshow generated using the site www.prezi.com, or a pre-approved comparable online presentation software. A link to this prezi slideshow should be included in the project blog page, preferably in the project introduction.
Each blog page should include a title, a collaboratively written project introduction (300-400 words), and individual analyses (800-900 words per person) created by each group member. Individual analyses may be divided in any way, for example by theme, character, scene, etc. Each individual analysis section should include at least two screenshots taken from the film under discussion that illustrate the argument being made, along with an embedded video of one relevant 2-3 minute scene from the film.
In-class tutorials will be provided on how to generate screen shots and embed selected sections from online videos. The course Technology Assistant, Sean Chung, will be on call to assist with individual student questions.
Students are expected to work in groups on generating these projects. However, grades will be assigned individually to reflect both the group as a whole and the contributions of individual participants. Each of the following criteria will be considered when assigning the individual project grade:
• Clarity of ideas as presented;
• Depth and rigor of analysis;
• Connection to the course content from Unit One;
• Documentation of outside materials referenced, with links;
• Group coherence (including quality of project introduction);
• Quality and relevance of images and videos used to illustrate ideas;
• Effective use of online format and presentation format for conveying ideas.