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positions (2021) 29 (4): 869–894.
Published: 01 November 2021
... everyday life during the Mao period. Everyday life is historical, produced in different ways under different material conditions, structured and shaped by social forms in motion. Thus, it is not an analytical frame through which historians can view the real content of the Mao period underneath the thin...
positions (2019) 27 (1): 145–158.
Published: 01 February 2019
positions (2020) 28 (4): 841–868.
Published: 01 November 2020
... and separations of media forms—this is a fact overlooked in both national histories and regional media scholarship. Reconfigured with the complex, shifting intersections of radio and television, the otherwise familiar account of merger and separation in the “Singapore Story” emerges anew with static noises...
positions (2010) 18 (3): 599–631.
Published: 01 August 2010
... monuments and surrounding urban spaces serve not only to “document” these buildings as signifiers of civilizational difference but also to transform them into a form of currency (both real and symbolic) in the unequal economy of colonial exchange. At the same time that these buildings begin to circulate...
positions (2017) 25 (4): 693–716.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Sujin Eom Moving beyond the actual and theoretical terminus of bounded cities, this article tracks routes by which particular urban forms and ideas have traveled through cities and intersected with the shifting dynamics of the political economy in the Asia Pacific region. It provides a comparative...
positions (2017) 25 (3): 595–629.
Published: 01 August 2017
...Nandini Bhattacharya In this essay the author traces the mobilization of vocabularies of risk, uncertainty, and insurance within private and public affective worlds in contemporary India, and their aesthetic forms as found in Indian film and literature today. Rituparno Ghosh's film Noukadubi (2011...
positions (2012) 20 (2): 595–625.
Published: 01 May 2012
... of government shape one another in contemporary Vietnam. This focus, which considers the material consequences of different discursive positions, reveals a curious paradox. Namely, the dominant regulatory approaches in use today define the primary source of bureaucratic corruption and thus the forms...
positions (2013) 21 (2): 309–350.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Maki Kaneko This article explores Japanese artists' proactive engagement with wartime politics through the formulation of patriotic art associations during the Asia-Pacific War (1937 – 45). The main foci of this investigation are three artist collectives formed in response to the outbreak of war...
positions (2014) 22 (4): 907–930.
Published: 01 November 2014
... flashbacks from a repressed traumatic memory. It is also a recasting of the Oedipus narrative, which to one degree or another is also about memory. In all of Matsumoto's feature films, a character suffers from some form of delusion and/or trauma that materializes in a surging pulse—the spectral return...
positions (2021) 29 (1): 1–20.
Published: 01 February 2021
... attached to them, formed in the milieu of overlapping and competing European, US, and Southeast Asian empires and diasporas. By investigating the forms and politics of storytelling in the island South and Southeast Asia, along with parallel and intersecting formations in the Caribbean and diasporic Asian...
positions (2021) 29 (3): 469–493.
Published: 01 August 2021
..., and forms of documentation (such as the Japanese family registry) produce particular forms of kinship that prioritize a child's possible future relationship with an absent parent, above and beyond the day-to-day relationships children might develop with alternative caregivers such as foster parents. Despite...
positions (2015) 23 (4): 743–784.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Christine Hong Reading North Korean defector memoirs and Korean American “roots” narratives as forms of “second culture” relative to North Korea, namely, an alternative US-oriented culture whose representational authority is held as exceeding that of the socialist state of origin, this essay...
positions (2016) 24 (2): 343–368.
Published: 01 May 2016
...Bhaskar Sarkar The criminalization of media piracy, which dates as far back as the seventeenth-century yoking of copyright infringements to more violent forms of looting on the open seas, runs up against the romantic allure of the swash-buckling pirate. Whether the rogue booksellers...
positions (2016) 24 (2): 435–479.
Published: 01 May 2016
...Daisy Yan Du Conventional studies of the Chinese Cultural Revolution usually come from a human-centered perspective that focuses on politics, revolution, and class struggle dramatized in well-established artistic forms such as literature, live-action film, theater, and painting. This kind...
positions (2011) 19 (1): 109–131.
Published: 01 February 2011
... with a history of (ethnonationalist, classed, pan-Asian) identifications produced in the Japanese colonial period (1910–45). If the task of the south Korean developmental state in the 1960s and 1970s was to legitimize its project via the ethnonationalization of the commodity form and to set the course...
positions (2017) 25 (1): 223–248.
Published: 01 February 2017
... on the structure's material decline, by using architectural form as a trigger point for emotions about the changing role of class, religion, and gender in the biography of a modern nation. The films scramble history and erase India's colonial period, which was historically central to the haveli 's decline...
positions (2012) 20 (1): 111–158.
Published: 01 February 2012
... makes them complex. Plastered on billboards, placards, news kiosks, and trolleys; advertising Sun-Maid Raisins, Ford Model Ts, Pond's, Cutex products, cigarette brands, and Brunner Mond chemical fertilizer; and ubiquitous to all forms of media; the modern Chinese advertisement is a picture of and story...
positions (2012) 20 (2): 497–526.
Published: 01 May 2012
... construct a morally ideal maternal subject who recognizes that appropriate child rearing requires particular family configurations, material resources, and forms of knowledge. At the same time, ascribing such notions of personhood, self-improvement, and expertise to a global neoliberal advance ignores...
positions (2014) 22 (1): 41–69.
Published: 01 February 2014
... to not only open up new forms of participation for subaltern groups but also to present itself as untainted by older forms of radicalism, thus contributing to the revival of protest activism. Copyright 2014 by Duke University Press 2014 Let Us Live! Empowerment and the Rhetoric of Life in the Japanese...
positions (2014) 22 (2): 489–515.
Published: 01 May 2014
... documentary, this article argues that they were not simply a relic of the televisual zhuantipian aesthetic but also the focus for a particular form of xianchang : liveness as presence and as testimony. In particular, following Erving Goffman, it suggests that critical moments of “flooding out” in Bumming...