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Critical Ethnic Studies: A Reader

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Critical Ethnic Studies Editorial Collective
Critical Ethnic Studies Editorial Collective

The members of the Critical Ethnic Studies Editorial Collective are Nada Elia, Independent Scholar; David M. Hernández, Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies at Mount Holyoke College; Jodi Kim, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside; Shana L. Redmond, Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California; Dylan Rodríguez, Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside; and Sarita Echavez See, Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside.

 

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Nada Elia
Nada Elia

The members of the Critical Ethnic Studies Editorial Collective are Nada Elia, Independent Scholar; David M. Hernández, Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies at Mount Holyoke College; Jodi Kim, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside; Shana L. Redmond, Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California; Dylan Rodríguez, Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside; and Sarita Echavez See, Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside.

 

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David M. Hernández
David M. Hernández

The members of the Critical Ethnic Studies Editorial Collective are Nada Elia, Independent Scholar; David M. Hernández, Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies at Mount Holyoke College; Jodi Kim, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside; Shana L. Redmond, Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California; Dylan Rodríguez, Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside; and Sarita Echavez See, Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside.

 

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Jodi Kim
Jodi Kim

The members of the Critical Ethnic Studies Editorial Collective are Nada Elia, Independent Scholar; David M. Hernández, Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies at Mount Holyoke College; Jodi Kim, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside; Shana L. Redmond, Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California; Dylan Rodríguez, Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside; and Sarita Echavez See, Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside.

 

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Shana L. Redmond
Shana L. Redmond

The members of the Critical Ethnic Studies Editorial Collective are Nada Elia, Independent Scholar; David M. Hernández, Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies at Mount Holyoke College; Jodi Kim, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside; Shana L. Redmond, Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California; Dylan Rodríguez, Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside; and Sarita Echavez See, Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside.

 

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Dylan Rodríguez
Dylan Rodríguez

The members of the Critical Ethnic Studies Editorial Collective are Nada Elia, Independent Scholar; David M. Hernández, Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies at Mount Holyoke College; Jodi Kim, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside; Shana L. Redmond, Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California; Dylan Rodríguez, Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside; and Sarita Echavez See, Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside.

 

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Sarita Echavez See
Sarita Echavez See

The members of the Critical Ethnic Studies Editorial Collective are Nada Elia, Independent Scholar; David M. Hernández, Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies at Mount Holyoke College; Jodi Kim, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside; Shana L. Redmond, Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California; Dylan Rodríguez, Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside; and Sarita Echavez See, Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside.

 

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Duke University Press
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978-0-8223-7436-7
Publication date:
2016
Book Chapter

Arts and Crafts, Elsewhere and Home, Mama & Me: Defying Transnormativity through Bobby Cheung’s Creative Modalities of Resignification

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Bo Luengsuraswat
Bo Luengsuraswat
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May 2016

This essay discusses Mama & Me, a mixed-media artwork by an ftm-identified Hong Kong immigrant, Bobby Cheung, as a trans of color critique of the normativizing discourses of U.S.-based transgender politics. Drawing on the history of Asian immigration and diaspora studies, this essay explores how Cheung’s work foregrounds racialization as a regime of gendering and challenges the progressive narrative of subject formation central to the conceptualization of transgender identity. As an artwork that represents Cheung’s struggle to rebuild a relationship with his mother, Mama & Me questions the teleological coming-out discourse that posits the act of leaving home—family, country of origin, or signifiers of one’s assigned sex—as a prerequisite for actualizing one’s lived gender; through the medium of craft, it also disrupts the problematically gendered logic of transnational capital and resignifies the meaning of Asian American masculinity in the era of neoliberal globalization.

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