Evan Chen

Biography

Evan Chen is a second-year student in the Film Studies Program. He is currently interested in how theories of physiognomy and scientific racism intersect with theories of “faceicity” and the close-up, with particular attention paid to yellowface practice in the silent era. He is interested in how this research might refigure recent controversies over race and representation in Hollywood and the use of face filters in smartphone applications like Snapchat. Further interests include the Frankfurt School, especially Kracauer and Adorno, and the structure and aesthetics of long-narrative and/or “quality” TV shows.