9781479844326-1479844322-The Racial Mundane: Asian American Performance and the Embodied Everyday

The Racial Mundane: Asian American Performance and the Embodied Everyday

ISBN-13: 9781479844326
ISBN-10: 1479844322
Author: Kim, Ju Yon
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: NYU Press
Format: Paperback 304 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781479844326
ISBN-10: 1479844322
Author: Kim, Ju Yon
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: NYU Press
Format: Paperback 304 pages

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Acknowledged authors Kim, Ju Yon wrote The Racial Mundane: Asian American Performance and the Embodied Everyday comprising 304 pages back in 2015. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1479844322 and 9781479844326. Since then The Racial Mundane: Asian American Performance and the Embodied Everyday textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Winner, Lois P. Rudnick Book Prize presented by the New England American Studies Association

Across the twentieth century, national controversies involving Asian Americans have drawn attention to such seemingly unremarkable activities as eating rice, greeting customers, and studying for exams. While public debates about Asian Americans have invoked quotidian practices to support inconsistent claims about racial difference, diverse aesthetic projects have tested these claims by experimenting with the relationships among habit, body, and identity.

In The Racial Mundane, Ju Yon Kim argues that the ambiguous relationship between behavioral tendencies and the body has sustained paradoxical characterizations of Asian Americans as ideal and impossible Americans. The body’s uncertain attachment to its routine motions promises alternately to materialize racial distinctions and to dissolve them. Kim’s study focuses on works of theater, fiction, and film that explore the interface between racialized bodies and everyday enactments to reveal new and latent affiliations. The various modes of performance developed in these works not only encourage audiences to see habitual behaviors differently, but also reveal the stakes of noticing such behaviors at all. Integrating studies of race, performance, and the everyday, The Racial Mundane invites readers to reflect on how and to what effect perfunctory behaviors become objects of public scrutiny.

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