Chinaphobia on Screen
Sir Christopher Frayling, Emeritus Professor of Cultural History, Royal College of Art
Research seminar / public event
5-7pm, Wednesday 14 January 2015
Room S-1.06, Strand Campus, King's College London
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In this talk Christopher Frayling will draw on his recently published book The Yellow Peril: Dr Fu Manchu and the Rise of Chinaphobia to explore problematic representations of Chinese people in British and American film. He discusses negative stereotyping influenced by misconceptions of the Chinese men who had settled in Limehouse in London's East End and how these led to the creation of Sax Rohmer's villain, compounding public fear of this little understood ethnic minority.
About the speaker
Sir Christopher Frayling is a cultural historian and acclaimed writer on film, particularly on director Sergio Leone and Spaghetti Westerns. He was Professor of Cultural History at the Royal College of Art and later became its rector, while also serving as Chairman of Arts Council England. In 2001, he was awarded a knighthood for services to Art and Design Education.