Butterfly Resources, part I

The Balcony, Yokohama (Edward Atkinson Hornel, 1894).
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“Dolore” in the first American production at the
Metropolitan Opera

Read the complete libretto in English translation here.

Watch the complete opera here in a 1975 film version. No subtitles (but you won’t need them because you have the libretto!), but beautifully and sensitively performed.

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Orientalism: “La Japonaise (Mme. Monet in Kimono” (Claude Monet, 1875).

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Photo from Operation Babylift, Saigon, 1975: a U.S. Naval officer about to take a Vietnamese orphan, one of thousands, onboard a plane to be adopted in America. For more on Operation Babylift, go here:

https://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov/museum/exhibits/babylift/#

A French film version of the complete opera made in 1996: this is the one we will be analyzing in class.

The opposite of orientalism? More than 100,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry were imprisoned without charge during World War II:

For more, go here to the fascinating 50 Objects/Stories site:

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