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Orientalismwritten by Edward Said

<Orientalism>was written by Edward Said, a Palestinian scholar. His book <Orientalism> criticizes the narrow view of the Western scholars toward the East. In the Western-centered world, the East was targeted without objectification. Examples include the notion that Asians are static and emotional, while Westerners are dynamic and reasonable, and the widespread popular culture of "Arabians ride camels, play the hooks of terrorism." The "Western style to dominate, reorganize and have authority over the East" was what Said thought of Orientalism. The problem with Orientalism is that, in any case, Asians fit into the dominant framework and are reproduced in accordance with that frame. I also experienced this when I was talking to a western-foreigner. A British woman I talked with thought most Koreans meditate every day and they believe in Buddha. Why was this bias born and deeply rooted in society? The author Said said, "Orientalism...It is not very different from the collective notion of European ideology. This collective conventional wisdom is to keep 'us' Europeans stagnant by 'them' confronting all non-European. (...) That's the notion of a superior European identity compared to all other non-European peoples and cultures." As an example of this, Westerners tend to view Asians as a race that lags far behind them physically, or thinking that Asian men are not sexually attractive. But nowadays, such prejudice is slowly breaking down as the portion of Asian characters in Hollywood movies is starting to increase (Like John Jo of Star Trek series, and Minho of Maze Runner), and K-pop star’s international popularity like BTS. Orientalism is still a long way from vanishing but by the power of media, it is gradually being on the wane.

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