Brown Boys and Rice Queens
Spellbinding Performance in the Asias
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: NYU Press
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Preface: The Queer Genesis of a Project
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...It is now twelve years since a queer sort of Asian encounter started it all. Shortly after I arrived in California from Singapore, my former adviser, in a moment of casual butch-camp ribaldry, asked for my thoughts on rice queens and a Balinese ritual purportedly choreographed by a German guy involving many Balinese men as monkeys. I was baffled...
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...Sue-Ellen Case and Susan Foster recruited me to graduate school at the turn of the new millennium while Sue-Ellen was a visiting Fulbright scholar at the National University of Singapore. I learned from them the pleasure of epistemo-erotic senses attuned to the body, to writing...
Introduction: Tropic Spells, Performance, and the Native Boy
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...Written by the MIT music professor Evan Ziporyn in honor of McPhee and their shared (but separate) pilgrimages to Bali in 1981 and 1931, respectively, the opera featured a lattice-like intermingling of Balinese gamelan with twenty-first-century composition and technology. It was a “multimedia phantasmagoria of Eastern...
1. A Colonial Dyad in Balinese Performance
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...filtering out to Europe and America that the island, “not Fiji or Samoa or Hawaii, was the genuine, unspoiled tropical paradise, known as yet, even by reputation, only by the cognoscenti, a category with which all of the more affluent world travelers sought to identify themselves, as...
2. The Global Asian Queer Boys of Singapore
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...From Bali to Singapore, the transmogrification of the classic white man/brown boy configuration into the postcolonial father-state vis-à-vis its gay citizenry presents a conceptual iteration of the dyad with its own erotic, juridical, and performative spells. This “twist” involves...
3. G.A.P. Drama, or The Gay Asian Princess Goes to the United States
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...The acronym G.A.P., which stands variously for Gay Asian Princess, Gay Asian Pacific, or Gay Asian Performance, is a mock assemblage of puns, wayward Asian identifications, and queer acts on improper routes and cartographies. Neither a fixed genre of theater nor an identity marker of...
Conclusion: Toward a Minor-Native Epistemology in Transcolonial Borderzones
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...In her now classic essay “Where Have All the Natives Gone?,” Rey Chow likens modernity’s preoccupation with nativizing cultures to a colonial visual technology in which the native becomes useful and falsely knowable to her onlooker. Using photography as her key example...
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About the Author
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...Eng-Beng Lim is Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University, where he is on the Gender and Sexuality Studies Board at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, and a faculty affiliate of the Center for the Study of Race and...
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Publication Year: 2013