The undergraduate minor is an integral part of the broader Asian Film and Media Initiative that involves a comprehensive program of teaching, learning, research and public outreach. As a whole, the Initiative will contribute to the consolidation and expansion of the community of NYU faculty and students interested in Asian film and media on the Washington Square campus and extending to NYUSH and NUYAD, as well as other global sites.
The minor is designed to provide an interdisciplinary and comparative focus on the historical and contemporary media forms of Asia and the Asian diaspora, as well in depth study or particular regions and topics. Student’s will investigate the aesthetics forms of popular and art cinemas, the political economy of the film and media industry, audiences, mass culture, media activism, and experimental audiovisual arts in a variety of media and formats. The audiovisual forms that this curriculum will encompass include film (originally made on celluloid), video, anime, TV, radio, and digital media. The minor will prepare students for advanced studies in cinema and media studies, Asian studies, media journalism, cultural policy, and other related disciplines, as well as professional and career development.
The program’s core faculty include full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty from TSOA, Steinhardt, CAS, and Gallatin. More will join as the program evolves and grows. This minor will also create a more pronounced academic connection with the evolving Global Network University framework, including NYUAD and the opening of NYU Shanghai in fall 2013. As the Initiative’s research and teaching agenda and community expand, we hope to engage various trans-Asian interactions that include the Asian-Pacific region as well as the Middle East in the future within the broad and mobile GNU context.