On Slumdog Millionaire: A Postcolonial Perspective

By Lu Zhuoyan.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The third world people still stay in the marginal status, an “othering” process, impersonating the image what the first world people suppose they should be like unconsciously. Being aware of both of the two antagonistic cultures, that of the colonizer and that of the indigenous community, often produces an unstable sense of self, called “unhomeliness”. In this essay, I intend to point out that in order to solve these problems, the third world people should learn to challenge what the white impose on them, usually based not on reality, but on imagination. Otherwise, not merely Slumdog Millionaire, but any forthcoming movies will be big losers.

Keywords: Slumdog Millionaire, Postcolonialism, Othering

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.339-344. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 584.510KB).

Lu Zhuoyan

Beijing Institute of Technology, Law School, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, Beijing, China

I, a graduate student majoring in international law, am doing my second year study in Beijing Institute of Technology. I will graduate in July, 2010 and am expected to get my master’s degree here. Besides, I did my undergraduate study in Zhongnan University of Economics and Law from 2003 to 2007 and I got my bachelor’s degree there. I am now a research assistant in BIT Space Law Institute. Besides my major, I found myself interested in Political Philosophy and literary criticism and I write some poems in my spare time.


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