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The Economy of Stereotype

by Nicholas Sammond

The 1929 Fleischer Song Car-Tune Chinatown My Chinatown is one of the studio's sing-along shorts. These films engaged audiences in singing popular songs, many of which were in the public domain. The song provides lyrics and a bouncing ball for the audience, and visual correlates for those lyrics. In this case, it uses the shorthand economy of racist stereotype to put across visual jokes, inflecting them in the nostalgic practice of the sing-along. In doing so, it provides a sentimental affect for collective racialized activity.

Fleischer Chinatown

by Nicholas Sammond

The 1929 Fleischer Screen Song Chinatown My Chinatown is one of the studio's sing-along shorts. These films engaged audiences in singing popular songs, many of which were in the public domain. The song provides lyrics and a bouncing ball for the audience, and visual correlates for those lyrics. In this case, it uses the shorthand economy of racist stereotype to put across visual jokes, inflecting them in the nostalgic practice of the sing-along. In doing so, it provides a sentimental affect for collective racialized activity.

 

Fleischer Chinatown

animation,race,cartoon,ethnicity,vaudeville

from Chinatown, My Chinatown (1929)
Creator: Dave Fleischer
Distributor: Fleischer Studios
Posted by Nicholas Sammond
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