The Hypersexuality of Race: Performing Asian/American Women on Screen and Scene / Edition 1

The Hypersexuality of Race: Performing Asian/American Women on Screen and Scene / Edition 1

by Celine Parreñas Shimizu
     
 

ISBN-10: 082234033X

ISBN-13: 9780822340331

Pub. Date: 07/30/2007

Publisher: Duke University Press Books


In The Hypersexuality of Race, Celine Parreñas Shimizu urges a shift in thinking about sexualized depictions of Asian/American women in film, video, and theatrical productions. Shimizu advocates moving beyond denunciations of sexualized representations of Asian/American women as necessarily demeaning or negative. Arguing for a more nuanced approach…  See more details below

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In The Hypersexuality of Race, Celine Parreñas Shimizu urges a shift in thinking about sexualized depictions of Asian/American women in film, video, and theatrical productions. Shimizu advocates moving beyond denunciations of sexualized representations of Asian/American women as necessarily demeaning or negative. Arguing for a more nuanced approach to the mysterious mix of pleasure, pain, and power in performances of sexuality, she advances a theory of “productive perversity,” a theory which allows Asian/American women—and by extension other women of color—to lay claim to their own sexuality and desires as actors, producers, critics, and spectators.

Shimizu combines theoretical and textual analysis and interviews with artists involved in various productions. She complicates understandings of the controversial portrayals of Asian female sexuality in the popular Broadway musical Miss Saigon by drawing on ethnographic research and interviews with some of the actresses in it. She looks at how three Hollywood Asian/American femme fatales—Anna May Wong, Nancy Kwan, and Lucy Liu—negotiate representations of their sexuality; analyzes 1920s and 1930s stag films in which white women perform as sexualized Asian characters; and considers Asian/American women’s performances in films ranging from the stag pornography of the 1940s to the Internet and video porn of the 1990s. She also reflects on two documentaries depicting Southeast Asian prostitutes and sex tourism, The Good Woman of Bangkok and 101 Asian Debutantes. In her examination of films and videos made by Asian/American feminists, Shimizu describes how female characters in their works reject normative definitions of race, gender, and sexuality, thereby expanding our definitions of racialized sexualities in representation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822340331
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
07/30/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,244,179
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1. The Hypersexuality of Asian/American Women: Toward a Politically Productive Perversity on Screen and Scene 1

2. The Bind of Representation: Performing and Consuming Hypersexuality in Miss Saigon 30

3. The Sexual Bonds of Racial Stardom: Asian American Femme Fatales in Hollywood 58

4. Racial Threat or Racial Treat? Performing Yellowface Sex Acts in Stag Films, 1920–34 102

5. Queens of Anal, Double, Trip, and the Gangbang: Producing Asian/American Feminism in Pornography, 1940s–1990s 140

6. Sex Tourists with Movie Cameras and Prostitutes without Movie Cameras: Politicizing the Bottom in Southeast Asian Sex Tourist Movies 185

7. The Political Power of Hypersexuality in Asian American Feminist Films 226

8. New Horizons in Race-Positive Sexuality 267

Notes 275

Bibliography 301

Index 325

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