By Celine Parreñas Shimizu

ISBN-10: 0822340127

ISBN-13: 9780822340126

ISBN-10: 082234033X

ISBN-13: 9780822340331

In The Hypersexuality of Race, Celine Parreñas Shimizu urges a shift in puzzling over sexualized depictions of Asian/American girls in movie, video, and theatrical productions. Shimizu advocates relocating past denunciations of sexualized representations of Asian/American girls as inevitably demeaning or destructive. Arguing for a extra nuanced method of the mysterious mixture of excitement, discomfort, and gear in performances of sexuality, she advances a thought of “productive perversity,” a idea which permits Asian/American women—and by way of extension different girls of color—to lay declare to their very own sexuality and needs as actors, manufacturers, critics, and spectators.

Shimizu combines theoretical and textual research and interviews with artists occupied with quite a few productions. She complicates understandings of the arguable portrayals of Asian lady sexuality within the renowned Broadway musical Miss Saigon via drawing on ethnographic learn and interviews with a number of the actresses in it. She seems to be at how 3 Hollywood Asian/American femme fatales—Anna could Wong, Nancy Kwan, and Lucy Liu—negotiate representations in their sexuality; analyzes Twenties and Nineteen Thirties stag motion pictures during which white ladies practice as sexualized Asian characters; and considers Asian/American women’s performances in motion pictures starting from the stag pornography of the Nineteen Forties to the net and video porn of the Nineties. She additionally displays on documentaries depicting Southeast Asian prostitutes and intercourse tourism, The stable girl of Bangkok and 101 Asian Debutantes. In her exam of flicks and movies made through Asian/American feminists, Shimizu describes how girl characters of their works reject normative definitions of race, gender, and sexuality, thereby increasing our definitions of racialized sexualities in representation.

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