By Mimi Thi Nguyen
This interdisciplinary assortment brings jointly members operating in Asian American reports, English, anthropology, sociology, and artwork heritage. they think about problems with cultural authenticity raised by way of Asian American participation in hip hop and jazz, the emergence of an orientalist “Indo-chic” in U.S. early life tradition, and the movement of Vietnamese song kind indicates. They learn the connection among chinese language eating places and American tradition, problems with sexuality and race delivered to the fore within the video functionality artwork of a Bruce Lee–channeling drag king, and immigrant tv audience’ dismayed reactions to a chinese language American chef who's “not chinese language enough.” The essays in Alien Encounters display the significance of scholarly engagement with pop culture. Taking pop culture heavily finds how humans think and convey their affective relationships to heritage, id, and belonging.
Contributors. Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Kevin Fellezs, Vernadette Vicuña 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, Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu, Oliver Wang
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It is important to note that all of these artists came up with the idea to become rappers while in college. The Apostles were attending the University of California, Davis; Fists of Fury’s members originally met at Columbia University; the Seoul Brothers (who are brothers in real life) attended the University of Washington; Art Hirahara was at Oberlin College, then UCLA; and the members of Yellow Peril were students at Rutgers University. The collegiate experience weighs heavily here because all of these artists convey social and political knowledge gained through university classes, especially Asian American studies courses.
To cite one recent and impressive example, see Jenkins, McPherson, and Shattuc, Hop on Pop. ’’ Omi and Winant, Racial Formations in the United States. Chuh, Imagine Otherwise, 9, 11. See, for example, Hamamoto, Monitored Peril; Marchetti, Romance and the Yellow Peril; and Lee, Orientals. In addition to the work of scholars in the ﬁeld of Asian American studies, this tradition includes the groundbreaking work of cultural critics such as Loni Ding, Valerie Soe, Wayne Wang, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Russell Leong among many others.
How do such commodities and images ‘‘travel’’ and through which circuits of signs and capital? How might tracking historical practices of consumption challenge formulations of authenticity and artiﬁce? What operations of value, meaning, and belonging are mobilized in arbitrating these distinctions? What dynamic roles do such practices of consumption fulﬁll in Introduction 23 identity and community formations as codes of cultural citizenship? And, furthermore, what ideological or material functions might ‘‘self-orientalism’’ perform in the global market?
Alien Encounters: Popular Culture in Asian America by Mimi Thi Nguyen