Reversing the Lens

Ethnicity, Race, Gender, and Sexuality through Film

edited by Jun Xing and Lane R. Hirabayashi

foreword by Ed Guerrero

"This book is of exceptional value. . . . what the book does it does more usefully, more provocatively, than any other book."

—P. H. Stacey, Choice

"Well written, concise, and descriptive. . . . this book will answer many questions as well as stimulate discussions. Highly recommended."

—Kim L. Morrison, MultiCultural Review


Reversing the Lens brings together noted scholars in history, anthropology, sociology, ethnic studies and film studies to promote film as a powerful classroom tool that can be used to foster cross-cultural communication with respect to race and ethnicity. Through such films as Skin Deep, Slaying the Dragon, and Mississippi Masala, contributors demonstrate why and how visual media help delineate various forms of "critical visual thinking" and examine how racialization is either sedimented or contested in the popular imagination. Not limited to classroom use, Reversing the Lens is relevant to anyone who is curious about how video and film can be utilized to expose race as a social construction in dialogue with other potential forms of difference and subject to political contestation.


Jun Xing is a professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies and director of the Difference, Power and Discrimination Program at Oregon State University, and author of Asian America Through the Lens: History, Representations, and Identity, and Baptized in the Fire of Revolution: The American Social Gospel and the YMCA in China, 1919-1937.

Imprint: University Press of Colorado

Book Details

  • Paperback Price: $22.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-87081-725-0
  • Publication Year: 2003
  • Pages: 288 Pages, 6 x 9
  • Illustrations: 60 b&w photographs
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Jun Xing and Lane R. Hirabayashi
  • ECommerce Code: 978-0-87081-725-0