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Virtual OrientalismAsian Religions and American Popular Culture$
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Jane Iwamura

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199738601

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738601.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

Spiritual Romance Today

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(p.159) 5 Conclusion
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Virtual Orientalism
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Jane Naomi Iwamura

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738601.003.0005

This final chapter explores and American’s continuing embrace of Oriental Monk figures. These include images aimed at a younger audience, e.g., Kung Fu Panda (2008) to the media presence of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. Here, the reader is invited to engage in her own reading of these phenomena utilizing the book’s critical lens. The Conclusion also gestures toward the impact of new digital media and transmedia contexts on the Virtual Orientalist realm.

Keywords:   Dalai Lama, Kung Fu Panda, children, media supersystems, transmedia storytelling

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