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Posts tagged “identity

Race b(l)ending: the strange case of the film ‘Cloud Atlas’

This week I watched the film¬†Cloud Atlas, which is based on the David Mitchell novel of the same name. I recently read the novel and really liked it, so, I wasn’t keen to watch the movie. After all, film versions of much-loved novels rarely live up to expectations.

I was somewhat reluctant to watch it for another reason: I had read that in scenes set in a futuristic dystopian Korea, characters who are supposed to be Korean are played by Caucasian actors made up to look Korean. Why in this day and age would you use Caucasian actors for non-Caucasian characters? In a time when communication and travel between countries and continents is the easiest it has ever been, why couldn’t the film-makers hire actors with the right heritage or ‘look’ for the role?

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Displacement and resettlement in the Pacific

Caught between homelands looks at the recent history of migration and resettlement of two separate Pacific Island communities. The essay provides some interesting insights about ties to culture, land, and identity. The two case studies also provide lessons on how to approach resettlement of displaced communities.