Alien Encounters Popular Culture in Asian America

ISBN-10: 0822339226
ISBN-13: 9780822339229
Edition: 2007
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Description: "Alien Encounters "showcases innovative directions in Asian American cultural studies. In essays exploring topics ranging from pulp fiction to multimedia art to import-car subcultures, contributors analyze Asian Americans' interactions with popular  More...

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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 4/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

"Alien Encounters "showcases innovative directions in Asian American cultural studies. In essays exploring topics ranging from pulp fiction to multimedia art to import-car subcultures, contributors analyze Asian Americans' interactions with popular culture as both creators and consumers. Written by a new generation of cultural critics, these essays reflect post-1965 Asian America; the contributors pay nuanced attention to issues of gender, sexuality, transnationality, and citizenship, and they unabashedly take pleasure in pop culture. This interdisciplinary collection brings together contributors working in Asian American studies, English, anthropology, sociology, and art history. They consider issues of cultural authenticity raised by Asian American participation in hip hop and jazz, the emergence of an orientalist "Indo-chic" in U.S. youth culture, and the circulation of Vietnamese music variety shows. They examine the relationship between Chinese restaurants and American culture, issues of sexuality and race brought to the fore in the video performance art of a Bruce Lee-channeling drag king, and immigrant television viewers' dismayed reactions to a Chinese American chef who is "not Chinese enough." The essays in "Alien Encounters" demonstrate the importance of scholarly engagement with popular culture. Taking popular culture seriously reveals how people imagine and express their affective relationships to history, identity, and belonging. "Contributors," Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Kevin Fellezs, Vernadette Vicuna Gonzalez, Joan Kee, Nhi T. Lieu, Sunaina Maira, Martin F. Manalansan IV, Mimi Thi Nguyen, Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, Sukhdev Sandhu, Christopher A. Shinn, Indigo Som, ThuyLinh Nguyen Tu, Oliver Wang

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Sounds Authentic?
Rapping and Repping Asian: Race, Authenticity, and the Asian American MC
Silenced but Not Silent: Asian Americans and Jazz
Popular Places
Homicidal Tendencies: Violence and the Global Economy in Asian American Pulp Fiction
Visual Reconnaissance
Chinese Restaurant Drive-Thru
The Guru and the Cultural Politics of Placelessness
Consuming Cultures
Cooking up the Senses: A Critical Embodied Approach to the Study of Food and Asian American Television Audiences
Performing Culture in Diaspora: Assimilation and Hybridity in Paris by Night Videos and Vietnamese American Niche Media
Indo-Chic: Late Capitalist Orientalism and Imperial Culture
Troubled Technologies
Asian American Auto / Biographies: The Gendered Limits of Consumer Citizenship in Import Subcultures
Bruce Lee I Love You: Discourses of Race and Masculinity in the Queer Superstardom of JJ Chinois
Race and Software
Bibliography
Contributors
Index

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