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Ali Na video on Racism

The Diseased Horde: Anti-Asian Racism from the 19th Century to COVID-19. Click Image for Video.

Anti-Asian discourses during COVID-19 are nothing new. Rather, they are media representations that have been repeated in the US and Canada since at least the 19th Century. Through these continually reemerging formations, Asians and Asian North Americans have been depicted as a diseased horde. Collapsing ethnicity and nationality, these images have sutured animality and impurity onto Asianness. Just as these racist imaginings have been “naturalized” through dominant cultural code, they have also been mobilized to spread hate through a public fear of contamination. From 19th Century print to 20th Century film and 21st Century digital culture, Anti-Asian sentiments have been fomented through eating taboos, charges of sexual aberration, and exotification. Trope frames North American culture, making new discourses appear true for both conservative and liberal members of society alike. Asians “as vectors of disease” resonates across society, creating the ideal conditions for both structural and interpersonal exclusions. Ali Na


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  • FILM 250 camera practice at the Isabel

    FILM 250 students practice with cameras at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

  • Sound board

     Sound board from our Studio at the Isabel

  • Screening Room

    Film class in session in our 90-seat Screening Room at the Isabel Bader Centre

  • Stella Buck Wing at the Isabel

    A stunning shot of the Stella Buck Wing of the Isabel Bader Centre

  • green screen photo

    Green Screen through the Lens

  • Film class in session

    Students learn about film theory and criticism in one of our three new classrooms at the Isabel Bader Centre

  • Filming in the Music Rehearsal Hall

    Students set up a camera for a shoot in the Music Rehearsal Hall overlooking the lake

  • Editing in the new Edit Suites

    Students editing in the one of the five new Edit Suites at the Isabel Bader Centre

  • Filming on frozen Lake Ontario

    Amazing shot of one of our students filming out on frozen Lake Ontario

  • Editing in the new Sound Studio

    Students editing in our state of the art Sound Studio at the Isabel

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Kanien'keha (Mohawk): UNe Queen’s University e’tho nońwe nikanónhsote tsi nońwe ne Haudenasaunee tánon Anishinaabek tehatihsnónhsahere ne óhontsa.

English:  Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.

For more information on the history of this land, and why it is important to acknowledge this land and its people, please see this link to the Queen's Encyclopedia:  http://www.queensu.ca/encyclopedia/t/traditional-territories

Film and Media is also proud to support the recommendations of Yakwanastahentéha Aankenjigemi Extending the Rafters: Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force Final Reporthttp://queensu.ca/provost/committees-and-reports/truth-and-reconciliation-commission-task-force, as well as the Draft Report of the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion: http://queensu.ca/implementationrdi/