Portrayals of Muslim life in Clone exemplify the kinds of persistent, ill-informed, gendered and culturalized stereotypes that abound in contemporary media, particularly regarding westernness and easternness
Merguson's improbable reorientation of South America, which foregrounds the continent's easternness
and positions it via the urban North, has similar relevance for any African American text that ventures into the Caribbean or Latin America.
12) Gandhi reflected the Easternness
of Christ, and this Easternness
had profound implications in the Indian context.
As she has already presented extensive documentation of the decadence of Corinth, it would be interesting to pursue the question of how easternness
complements or differs from the Corinthian decadence.
There's a certain campy wit in this staging of an Asian American character appropriating a mainstream popular cultural artifact (itself produced by artists of another minority) which markets a bogus conception of Easternness
for mostly white audiences: it's rather like seeing a woman act the role of a drag queen's version of a woman, thus re-appropriating and commenting on another's image of her.