Tag Archives: Orientalism

The two Avatars.

Both Avatar: The Last Airbender and James Cameron’s Avatar are allegories of Westerners who take pleasure in the fantasy of inhabiting and controlling Others.

Go figure.

A show called “Westworld” is crawling with Orientalist cliches.

Is the theory of Orientalism “Orientalist”?

Is the diagnosis of pathology pathological?

I won’t rail against Montesquieu’s “Spirit of the Laws.”

It is far more enjoyable to read this encyclopedia of Orientalist wisdom in the spirit of Occidental foolishness.

The Konmari method.

The only people buying this shit are the people who buy shit.

“The West” is not trying to understand “the East.”

It is looking for an elsewhere to argue about what it believes it already knows.

Sentimental orientalism > capitalist ethnocentrism.

“Crazy Rich Asians” is so reactionary, it makes “The Joy Luck Club” read like Mao. 

The other “Crash” is also a racial drama.

A white man who sought out the “exotic orient” allows cars and scars to reawaken his desire for white women and men.

The Greeks are not special.

Their mystique derives from the origin story of Occidentalism.