Virtual Worlds and Identity Tourism in Japanese Cyberpunk
In “Beyond Techno-Orientalism: Virtual Worlds and Identity Tourism in Japanese Cyberpunk,” Baryon Tensor Posadas demonstrates how the impact of techno-Orientalism on Japanese SF opens up an important space to articulate the larger stakes of how the mechanisms of colonial cognitive estrangement continue to set the terms for the imagination of futurity. It goes beyond the mere cataloging of cultural misrepresentations. He uses Gorō Masaki’s Venus City (1992) to bring attention to the structural pervasiveness of the gendered and racialized infrastructure that sets the terms of the genre’s attempts to imagine other worlds and futurities.
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