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Beyond the Black and White TV: Asian and Latin American Spectacle in Cold War America (Hardcover)

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This is the first book that examines how “ethnic spectacle” in the form of Asian and Latin American bodies played a significant role in the cultural Cold War at three historic junctures: the Korean War in 1950, the Cuban Revolution in 1959, and the statehood of Hawaii in 1959. As a means to strengthen U.S. internationalism and in an effort to combat the growing influence of communism, television variety shows, such as The Xavier Cugat ShowThe Ed Sullivan Show, and The Chevy Show, were envisioned as early forms of global television. Beyond the Black and White TV examines the intimate moments of cultural interactions between the white hosts and the ethnic guests to illustrate U.S. aspirations for global power through the medium of television. These depictions of racial harmony aimed to shape a new perception of the United States as an exemplary nation of democracy, equality, and globalism.

About the Author

BENJAMIN M. HAN is an assistant professor in the department of communication at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Praise For…

"Fascinating, compelling, and important, Beyond the Black and White TV demonstrates how government objectives were married with the goals of television productions to display migration, integration, and global imagination in order to control discourses of race and nation.This work reframes television history through the lens of variety shows by engaging with race from an industry perspective, informing readers how race factored into the production of genre and national identity."  
— L.S. Kim

"Benjamin M. Han illuminates the secret history of the American variety show, deftly revealing the cosmopolitan roots of a familiar TV format. A major contribution to the cultural history of the Cold War."
— Christina Klein
Product Details
ISBN: 9781978803848
ISBN-10: 1978803842
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: June 19th, 2020
Pages: 216
Language: English