Alien Encounters: Popular Culture in Asian America by Mimi Thi Nguyen

By Mimi Thi Nguyen

Alien Encounters showcases leading edge instructions in Asian American cultural reports. In essays exploring themes starting from pulp fiction to multimedia artwork to import-car subcultures, individuals study Asian american citizens’ interactions with pop culture as either creators and shoppers. Written through a brand new iteration of cultural critics, those essays mirror post-1965 Asian the United States; the members pay nuanced consciousness to problems with gender, sexuality, transnationality, and citizenship, they usually unabashedly get pleasure from pop culture.

This interdisciplinary assortment brings jointly individuals operating in Asian American stories, English, anthropology, sociology, and paintings historical past. they think about problems with cultural authenticity raised through Asian American participation in hip hop and jazz, the emergence of an orientalist “Indo-chic” in U.S. adolescence tradition, and the move of Vietnamese song type exhibits. 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 paintings 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 show the significance of scholarly engagement with pop culture. Taking pop culture heavily finds how humans think and exhibit their affective relationships to historical past, 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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Afro Filipino . . ’’ Produced by Arthur Baker—a seminal hip hop figure who later produced Afrika Bambataa’s ‘‘Planet Rock’’ and other old-school rap hits—‘‘Rap-O, ClapO’’ was Bataan’s first foray into hip hop, recorded at the very beginning of the music’s recorded history. In fact, Bataan himself has claimed that the song was recorded prior to the release of both the Fatback Band’s ‘‘King Tim III (Personality Jock)’’—recognized as the first rap record—and the Sugarhill Gang’s ‘‘Rapper’s Delight,’’ the first breakout rap hit.

Yet, if these images could be from anywhere, the predominantly male, Chinese restaurant sta√ members feel their sense of localness acutely. Transported to small towns in the Midwest from urban areas in the United States and in China, the cooks and waiters talk about their feelings of social isolation, their lack of marriage partners, and their desire to build sus- 22 Nguyen and Tu tainable communities in ways that echo the concerns of Chinese bachelors of the last century. They are, in other words, bounded by the conditions of these particular places for, unlike the goods and images that these restaurants sell, their bodies are far less mobile.

There has been much discussion of Frank Chin and his cohorts—as well as the imagined opposition between cultural nationalism and feminism—elsewhere, most notably by Elaine H. Kim, King-kok Cheung, and Leslie Bow. For an overview of these arguments, and the often problematic binaries they construct, see Laura Hyun Yi Kang’s ‘‘Generic Fixations: Reading the Writing Self ’’ in her Compositional Subjects. Fusco, ‘‘At Your Service,’’ 200. Coates, ‘‘Just Another Quick-Witted, Egg-Roll-Joke-Making, Insult-Hurling Chinese-American Rapper,’’ 55–56.

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