Pacific Overtures

In movies and music videos, in fiction and fashion, Asian chic comes to America

The Asians are coming! The Asians have landed! Suddenly China is chic. So are the more familiar Asian totems of American envy and remorse, Japan and Vietnam. The U.S. may dominate pop culture around the world, but at home there is a brisk new breeze -- a wind from the East. In films, fiction and fashion, from Madonna's video to Fendi's new perfume (Asja), the future looms in the rising sun. Go, for a start, to the movies. Or stay away, as Asian-American activists urged audiences to do when Rising Sun hit the screens. The Sean Connery thriller, which opened to...

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