The Asian American community has a glossed over history of allying with other minority communities in the fight for civil rights. We should never forget this fact and an important figure, incredible woman, and friend of Malcolm X, Yuri Kochiyama.
Since the Era of Exploration and colonization, beginning in the early fifteenth century, the institutionalization of certain Western and ethnocentric ideas have been globally established and implemented.
The current politics that govern the modern world is centrally based on the various ideas that the Western world or “first world” acts as the core and the Global South or “second” and “third world” acts as the periphery areas surrounding the core. Known as the World Systems Theory, the structure of this theory proceeds to form the culture of the modern globalized society.
These ideas continue to reign over all realms within the modern world, including the politics of circulation and judgement of art and cinema.