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A Note on film vs. video for teaching Asian cinema

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Across the country, more and more professors are using video in Asian studies courses. With its wide availability and relatively low costs, video has become a major force in education today. Many professors are using video in Asian studies to teach "cinema" as well as language and that is where the problems start. The use of video as the primary source for visual information is improper, and, in fact, detrimental. I understand the budget constraints placed upon professors and programmers, who are seemingly forced to use VHS in the classroom. However, this is a short-sighted view of the educational experience and cheats students who attend places of higher education.
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Keywords: Asian; budget; cinema; education; language; video

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1993-09-01

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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