Choreographing Asian America (Paperback)

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Choreographing Asian America (Paperback)


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A critical study of Asian American performance and creative process

Poised at the intersection of Asian American studies and dance studies, Choreographing Asian America is the first book-length examination of the role of Orientalist discourse in shaping Asian Americanist entanglements with U.S. modern dance history. Moving beyond the acknowledgement that modern dance has its roots in Orientalist appropriation, Yutian Wong considers the effect that invisible Orientalism has on the reception of work by Asian American choreographers and the conceptualization of Asian American performance as a category. Drawing on ethnographic and choreographic research methods, the author follows the work of Club O' Noodles--a Vietnamese American performance ensemble--to understand how Asian American artists respond to competing narratives of representation, aesthetics, and social activism that often frame the production of Asian American performance.

YUTIAN WONG is an assistant professor in the School of Music and Dance at San Francisco State University.
Product Details ISBN: 9780819567031
ISBN-10: 0819567035
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2010
Pages: 280
Language: English