Vol. 46 No. 1 | March 2020

Deadline for Submissions: June 30, 2019 abstract and full paper

Genre in Asian Cinema



    • US audiences in the late 1960s found themselves startled that three low-budget Italian films shot in the deserts of Spain could revive the dormant Western, unaware that Europe had been producing their own "Cowboy" films since the early 1900s. The 2011 Busan International Film Festival showcased Westerns from Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, India, and China. The dissemination of this mode does not, however, attest to any "universality" of western values nor a capitulation to a cultural hegemony. Quite the contrary, such adaptation and localization reveals genre to be not so much a quasi-Platonic form as a negotiationa range of signifying practices, a variable and dynamic template for affective narrative mapping of communal fantasies and realities. Read More...

Vol. 45 No. 2 | September 2019

Deadline for Submissions: December 31, 2018 asbtract and full paper

Our Female Future


  • The year 2017 began with the largest civil demonstration America has ever seen, as more than a million women and their supporters took to the streets in Women's Marches throughout the country and around the world, including Taiwan. Initially a protest against the inauguration of Donald Trump, who lost the popular vote for president by millions to the first female candidate of a major party, this activist moment fueled by female fury continued strong throughout the year, with wave after wave of #MeToo revelations about abuse of power and sexual harassment by prominent men in entertainment, government, education and industry. As TIME magazine chose as their 2017 Person of the Year the Silence Breakersthose women speaking out about harassmentpublic support for #TimesUp has built around the world, and the US now has unprecedented numbers of women standing for office in upcoming elections. Read More...