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Empire Of The Sun Essay

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Colonization has always been present throughout the ages, and has certainly psychologically impacted those of the colonized region. Cultural confusion caused by colonization has resulted in the bafflement and unsureness of their cultural and political viewpoints. In the film “Empire of the Sun”, we see Jamie Graham, being born in China and having no knowledge of his place of heritage, England, while admiring Japan, the country attacking his homeland, China, which is the result of having cultural confusion resulted from colonization. We see his admiration of the Japanese, his nativeness towards the Chinese and his disregards of the English through his words when talking about the War. This ...view middle of the document...

In the beginning of the film, when Jamie asks who is going to win, he says, “I think the Japanese are going to win…” which is quite puzzling because of his nativeness and the Japanese are going to destroy China. It is shown again when during the costume party when he was chasing his toy plane, he sees a crashed Japanese airplane and a group of Japanese soldiers, but he still does not seem to be aware of the dangers which he faced, and said to his father, “It’s not like they look angry or anything…” Also, with the Japanese attacking the Chinese, he does not associate that with violence, but by saying, “The Japanese will win. They’ve got better planes and braver pilots…” although he was indeed born on Chinese grounds.

England, the country of Jamie Graham’s heritage, is highly disregarded by Jamie and creates cultural confusion, thus creating a mindset of superiority towards the Chinese (due to White Privileges) , though he is indeed Chinese and he admits it (through his point of view in the war), which is shown in the beginning of the film when he tells the Chinese maid, “You have to listen to me…” His birth being in China should create respect towards the Chinese, but due to the above-mentioned “superiority” (due to his British heritage), he lacks respect towards them, but ironically thinks of the importance of the Chinese in the war, which the British don’t, and is stated by his father, “China isn’t our war.” Also due to his disregards about his English heritage (politically and culturally), his admiration for the Japanese leads him to a non-British point of view, as the war, according to the British, is against the Japanese, as Dr. Rawlins stated, “We don’t want them (Japanese) to win, Remember, we’re British” and Jamie says, “Yes, I’ve never been there….” Furthermore, throughout the movie, we are shown no signs of his connectedness with British people, he’d rather stay in the American dormitory rather (at times) than stay in the British dormitory with Dr. Rawlins, although he still does go to him for “school”. And as the story and war progresses, his mental image of his parents become less vivid and ultimately forgets what his...

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