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Teaching Narrative Analysis with A&E’s “Biography”

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Hồ Chí Minh
AN A&E BIOGRAPHY PRODUCTION
DISTRIBUTED BY A&E HOME VIDEO
DVD, 50 minutes, color, 2000

Kim Jong Il
AN A&E BIOGRAPHY PRODUCTION
DISTRIBUTED BY A&E HOME VIDEO
DVD, 50 minutes, color, 2003

Dalai Lama: The Soul of Tibet
AN A&E BIOGRAPHY PRODUCTION
DISTRIBUTED BY A&E HOME VIDEO

Reviewed by John H. Sagers

A&E’s Biography series provides a valuable source for analyzing narrative and representation of Asian subjects on American commercial television. Focusing on programs about the Tibetan Dalai Lama, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, and Vietnamese revolutionary Hồ Chí Minh, this essay will outline a method for classroom analysis of historical stories and what these stories mean for their target audiences.