Tuesday, January 29, 2008
My America: Or Honk If You Love Buddha Response
One of the first things I noticed in the film was actually something that had nothing to do with the content of the movie: the accompanying background music, specifically in two points of the movie, the beginning and end. In the opening credits, part of the theme is played in a distinct Chinese style or Oriental scale plays. This by itself would not be significant, but there aren't any other pieces of the music that could be associated with other Asian cultures. Again at the end, the same scale is used again. In a film that tries to reveal something about Asian American identity, the fact that the theme music is distinctly Chinese influenced represents a indelible tendency in American society to associate Asian with Chinese. Of course, this has a lot of do with the fact that Chinese Americans have had a longer and/or more well documented history in the United States. Regardless, when I see Asian American representation in the media, I sometimes find myself judging it by how heavily weighted it is on Chinese related content.