Jeanette Roan earned a PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies at Rochester University. Her first book Envisioning Asia: On Location, Travel, and the Cinematic Geography of U.S. Orientalism (University of Michigan Press, 2010) examines how films function as a form of virtual travel and a source of knowledge of cultural difference. She argues that at critical moments in the twentieth-century trajectory of U.S. – Asia engagements cinema served as a mechanism of global positioning, a means of pinpointing the place of the “Far East” in order to situate the U.S. in the world.
Her ongoing research considers the historical origins and contemporary flows of Asian popular culture into the United States and how these texts have redefined U.S. popular culture. She also recently published an analysis, in the Quarterly Review of Film and Video, of how, at the height of the marriage equality debate, “fake weddings” in The Wedding Banquet (1993) and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007) offer important critiques of popular discourses of romantic love and marriage.
A.B. Brown University
M.A. and Ph.D. University of Rochester