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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 260–297.
Published: 01 October 2019
...Margaret Hillenbrand Abstract This article explores the relationship between precarity, waste, and the ragpicker in contemporary Chinese visual culture. It asks first why precarity has come so little and so late to the theoretical scene in China, a society in which precarious experience is so rife...
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Prism (2022) 19 (1): 203–214.
Published: 01 March 2022
... of the ajumma stands at a crossroads marked by the suffocating weight of the American empire and the precarity of Asian/Asian American lives facing the persistent forces of racism, sexism, classism, and ageism. References Boris, Eileen , and Rhacel Salazar Parreñas , eds. Intimate Labors: Cultures...
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Prism (2022) 19 (1): 224–235.
Published: 01 March 2022
..., specifically with the erasure of precarity shouldered by working-class women without US citizenship, living and working in close proximity to the sex industry. Following the Atlanta shootings, in mainstream English-language media, first-person accounts of the experiences of Asian American women largely...
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Prism (2021) 18 (2): 315–320.
Published: 01 October 2021
... of different beliefs, ethnicities, and communities interact with each other. We call attention to the rich etymological roots of bian 邊. As a noun, bian means marginality, tangentiality, partiality, and waywardness, as opposed to the center or centrality, thus suggesting a state of precarity...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 211–220.
Published: 01 October 2019
... Hillenbrand develops a critical reflection on the structural relationship between concepts of waste and precarity. Borrowing Walter Benjamin's figure of the ragpicker, Hillenbrand uses rag picking to describe the methodological approach not only of the contemporary artists seeking to represent urban waste...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 256–270.
Published: 01 March 2021
... pandemic, what the frenzy of 2020 exposed was that the paradigmatic arrangements of Black life are conditioned by extreme forms of violence that are not analogous or equivalent to how non-Black peoples experience the world. Thus, in the face of mass illness and precarity, the position of Blackness...
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Prism (2023) 20 (1): 201–224.
Published: 01 March 2023
... migration can put on marriage and the many abnormal causes of death in women workers. Fourth, Zheng's poetic engagement with precarity speaks to several major themes of our time, in China and elsewhere in the world. First of all there is the theme of precarity itself. But while the individual suffering...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 298–319.
Published: 01 October 2019
... online—suggests a carefree coolness. Instead of the socialist motherland in Maoist painting, the rooftopping selfies feature the capitalist global city. The rooftoppers themselves prefer precarity over stability: they are risk-takers. Holding the selfie stick high, they subject themselves willingly...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 368–389.
Published: 01 October 2019
... disease underpins contemporary pandemic discourse. Encapsulated by Stewart's eminently quotable line, pandemic discourse puts into circulation a host of themes with subtle yet far-reaching implications regarding the fragility of the globalized world, the precarity of the status quo, the rapid reproduction...
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Prism (2022) 19 (1): 181–192.
Published: 01 March 2022
... that act in their name. For all of these reasons, any effort to combat anti-Asian racism and to highlight Asian American precarity has to be more specific than mere reading lists and programming. As Barack Obama observed in a widely circulated essay during the first weeks of protests about George...
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Prism (2022) 19 (2): 394–410.
Published: 01 September 2022
... by rabid dogs, / Callously imprisoned and killed without restraint” 犢子偏遭猘犬傷,無情縲絏肆摧戕. This is a documentation of unlivable or ungrievable lives, which points to the precarity, insignificance, and fragility of the collective sacrifice of CLHS members. It is an epistemology of traumatic memories due to war...
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Prism (2022) 19 (2): 337–354.
Published: 01 September 2022
... “the fear of losing the Chinese language” that constitutes one of the “deepest anxieties” of Sinophone Malaysian communities. 30 And for Andrea Bachner, the story represents “a desperate act of scriptural loyalism” in which the protagonist faces up to the precarity of diasporic Chineseness. 31 All...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 188–209.
Published: 01 March 2021
... While smog life raises an important question concerning how ordinary people in China should live in the present moment of environmental precarity, it also gestures toward the more important issue of cultural struggle between the techno-oriented modern way of thinking and the premodern aesthetico...
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Prism (2023) 20 (1): 225–247.
Published: 01 March 2023
..., woshi (我是) and qu shui ni ; the sentence is structured such that it accentuates the middle body part, namely, the life-and-death precarity of the travels. When reading the lines aloud, the reader can vary their volume and tone for emphasis. Aesthetically, these lines punctuate a highly modernist...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 277–297.
Published: 01 October 2020
..., prominently positioned near the beginning of Chu's novel, offers a strategic counterpoint to the concerns with identity and survival at the heart of the work. In particular, the precarity of the fish's existence mirrors that of gay men like Ah Yao living through the early stages of the AIDS pandemic. While...