Buscher Talks Asian American Films with NBC News

November 28, 2017 Caitlin Burns

Adjunct Professor Robert Buscher was featured in a Nov. 7 NBC News story highlighting the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF), which ran from Nov. 9 to 19.

To celebrate the festival’s 10th year, selected films featured many of the first Asian American Hollywood stars. The opening film, The Dragon Painter, starred early Japanese-American actor Sessue Hayakawa.

“He was the first male sex symbol,” said Buscher, who served as festival director of PAAFF. “He’d play the dangerous Japanese lover that was a precursor to Rudolph Valentino in the 1920s.”

At Arcadia, Buscher lectures on Japanese and Asian American media.

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