On February 16th, 2010, Eric Hamako, a doctoral candidate in the Social Justice Education Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, gave a talk for the UCSB MultiCultural Center’s Race Matters Series.
Entitled, “Zombie Orientals Ate My Brain: Anti-Arab & Anti-Asian Themes in Zombie Film & Fiction,” Hamako’s work argues that the living dead’s emergence as a focus of recent popular culture reflects post-9/11 paranoia and racism.
As part of “The Freak Power Ticket”‘s own continuing elucidation of the modern zombie phenomenon, host Ted Coe invited Hamako onto his April 11th program.
Coe writes: “Now available in podcast form, after presentation of a condensed version of his paper, Mr. Hamako and I discuss some recent standout works of zombie fiction. These include serialized narratives like The Walking Dead and Dead Set; George A. Romero‘s take on ‘contemporary media society,’ Diary of the Dead; and one of the most popular novels of this horror sub-genre, Max Brooks‘ World War Z.
You can find out more about Eric Hamako’s research by looking him up at the media commons project in media res. His entry was part of a ‘zombie week’ at that site. (Hamako has also posted a selection of related clips on his youtube channel). Eric’s work will also appear in a soon-to-be-released (and recently renamed) McFarland publication, Race, Oppression and the Zombie: Essays on Cross-Cultural Appropriations of the Caribbean Tradition.
Included within this blog entry, I am also posting a segment of the KPFT-FM radio program Innner Side Radio. I aired that show’s ‘100th Zombie Apocalypse Remix’ for the first time in its entirety on KCSB during my April 11 special broadcast of ‘The Freak Power Ticket.’ (Thanks to ‘Norton’ Scooter for permission to share his ‘Homeland Security’ update within this forum!)”
“The Freak Power Ticket” airs from 11am-noon in the summer on KCSB.