- B.A., Whitman College
- M.P.A., University of Washington
- M.A., Ph.D., Brown University – American Civilization
Brian Locke is an avid yoga practitioner, soccer fan, and native of Seattle, Washington. He holds a Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University. He has taught Asian American studies, comparative race studies and cultural studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Utah, and Yale University.
Racial Stigma on the Hollywood Screen from WWII to the Present: The Orientalist Buddy Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
This book charts how the dominant white and black binary of American racial discourse influences Hollywood’s representation of the Asian. The Orientalist buddy film draws a scenario in which two buddies, one white and one black, transcend an initial hatred for one another by joining forces against a foreign Asian menace. Through an analysis of films from multiple genres, it argues that this triangulated rendering of race ameliorates the longstanding historical contradiction between U.S. democratic ideals and white America’s persistent domination over blacks.
“Locke grabs the reader with an intensity that is personal… subtle and powerful…brilliant…. 100 percent solid, 0 percent sermonistic. Summing up: Recommended” — Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (Association of College and Research Libraries)
- “White and ‘Black’ versus Yellow: The Politics of Racial Metaphor in Blade Runner.” Arizona Quarterly 65.4 (Winter 2009): 113-38.
- “Strange Fruit: White, Black, and Asian in the WWII Combat Film Bataan.” Journal of Popular Film and Television 36.1 (Spring 2008): 9-20.
- “‘Top Dog,’ ‘Black Threat,’ and ‘Japanese Cats’: The Impact of the White-Black Binary on Asian American Identity.” Radical Philosophy Review 1.2 (1998): 98-125.
- “Here Comes the Judge: The Dancing Itos and the Televisual Construction of the Enemy Asian Male.” Living Color: Race and Television in the United States. Ed. Sasha Torres. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1998. 239-53.
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