Queering Contemporary Asian American Art
Using the verb and critical lens of "queering" to capture transgressive cultural, social, and political engagement and practice, the contributors to this volume explore the connection points in Asian American experience and cultural production of surveillance states, decolonization and diaspora, transnational adoption, and transgender bodies and forms, as well as heteronormative respectability, the military, and war. The interdisciplinary and theoretically informed frameworks in the volume engage readers to understand global and historical processes through contemporary Asian American artistic production.
About the Authors
"Queering Contemporary Asian American Art provides a vital intervention and gendered counterpoint to the ways in which Asian Americans are usually racialized, demonized, and betrayed by mainstream academia and media."—Russell Leong, editor of Moving the Image: Independent Asian Pacific American Media Arts
"This volume stands as a bracing and provocative testament to the expansive critical and expressive possibilities of fluid concepts like 'queering' in dismantling, recasting, and realigning extant representations of Asian American identities, subjectivities, and positions in the twenty-first century world."—Margo Machida, author of Unsettled Visions: Contemporary Asian American Artists and the Social Imaginary
"Queer is a piquant term: as noun adjective, and verb, it is put to good use in this thoughtful collection of essays and interviews. The contributors variably attend to the marked body, challenging assumptions about it, including its readability. These writings demonstrate the ways that bold, contemporary artists are moving beyond rigid binaries and cynical, multi-culturalist systems. Their invitation to critically engage differences and norms is most welcome."—Jacqueline Francis, author of Making Race: Modernism and "Racial Art" in America
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