Telling stories: The sacrificial Asian in Australian cinema

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This paper analyses the representation of Asians in four important Australian films produced in the last two and a half decades: Peter Weir's The Year of Living Dangerously , Stephen Wallaces Turtle Beach , Craig Lahiff's Heaven's Burning and Sue Brooks' Japanese Story . It argues that the cinematic encounter between Asians and Australians results in the sacrifice of the Asian character and that this is tied to the development of an Australian national identity and the modernity of a national cinema.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-63
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Intercultural Studies
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Asians in Australian Cinema
  • Heaven's Burning
  • Japanese Story
  • Sacrifice
  • The Year of Living Dangerously
  • Turtle Beach

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