Dis-Placing the East/West Binary: Aesthetic and Cultural Crossover in Film and Visual Culture Cardiff, 2 November 2012 A Symposium Report

Hiu Chan
When that other is Asia and the "Far East", it always seems as if the European intellectual must speak in absolute terms, making this other an utterly incomprehensible, terrifying, and fascinating spectacle ... [T]he "native" is turned into an absolute entity in the form of an image (the "empty" Japanese ritual or "China loam"), whose silence becomes the occasion for our speech. (Chow 33, 34)