Do not use Wikipedia or other online websites as sources; the information available on the internet about premodern East Asian history is particularly unreliable and can easily lead you astray. The random information available on Wikipedia also tends to be very general; your essay should be much more focused and deal with specific examples.
We discussed the colonial ways of looking at the colony. Please explain the effects of this mode of looking that produced both desire and a sense of threat. Do you see elements of this colonial gaze operating in the post-empire film Indochine (dir. Régis
Wargnier, 1992)? If so, to what purpose? If not, how would you characterize the way the film depicts the relationship between France and Indochina? Please draw on, modify, or argue against Panivong Norindr to make your case. Please give a little historical context for Indochine, and explain relevant ideas/concepts, including from Norindr.
In the Hong Kong Maritime Museum exhibit, “The World on Maps and Charts,” one of the slides shows the map Mateo Ricci produced for the Ming court in 1602. The image is accompanied by this note: “It demonstrated to the Chinese people the vastness of the world and the position of China on earth. Many of the Chinese scholars were deeply interested in Western maps and knowledge.”
However, East Asia already had a rich cartographic tradition. How does the museum’s choice of wording frame the relationship between European and Asian understandings of the world? What is implied in this statement about the transfer of knowledge between Europe and Asia, and why might it be a problem?