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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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