Enma’s eye: Race, Observation, and The Oriental(ist) Gaze.
journal contributionposted on 28.04.2017, 06:05 by Daniel Black
"This paper is about vision, but also about the eye as a significant anatomical feature, and with the eye as a sign of Asianness. The Asian eye has long been fetishised as the mark of Oriental otherness. When investigating the specificity of the relationship between Japan and the West, this preoccupation with the eye opens up an interesting intersection of themes and significances. The organ of sight becomes a symbol for the motifs of sight and observation which saturate interaction between East and West, representing central issues of power, threat, appropriation and otherness."