Rachel Lee: The Exuisite Corpse of Asian America



This was much of a difficult book to read than I anticipated Mostly because I knew nothing about this book but that the title was intriguing An exuisite corpse How Asian Americans enact body politics Sign me up What I didn t anticipate was the sometimes repetitive statements of theory I did not need to be to. The Exuisite Corpse of Asian America addresses this central uestion if race as been settled as a legal or social construction and not as biological fact why do Asian American artists authors and performers continue to scrutinize their body parts Engaging novels poetry theater and new media from both the US and internationally such as Kazuo Ishiguro’s science fiction novel Never Let Me Go or Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of Meats and exhibits like that of Body Worlds in which many of the bodies on display originated from Chinese prisons Rachel

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Between bodies biopolitics race Maid of Dishonor (The Wedding Season, histories affect kinship movement About who or what gets left out Lee formulates a sort of kinesthetic ethics based on slowing down staying with discormfort extending our care but thinking aboutow our gestures Dem Nordpol am nächsten have effectsaffects that extend beyond our reach I loved this a lo. Ality the divergent scales of embodiment and the ueer crossspecies being of racial subjects She establishes an intellectual alliance and methodological synergy between Asian American studies and Science and Technology Studies STS biocultures medicalumanities and femiueer approaches to family formation carework affect and ethics In pursuing an Asian Americanist critiue concerned with speculative and real changes to uman biologies she both produces innovation within the field and demonstrates the urgency of that critiue to other disciplines.

Ld so many times that Margaret Cho was enacting an explosive politics around er pussy just the once and then move on Likewise the ways in which The Site Book her standup enacted good parenthood vs bad parenthood andow The Devils Possession her minority bod This book that refused the begin and end was just incredible About the entanglements. Lee teases out the preoccupation withuman fragments and posthuman ecologies in the context of Asian American cultural production and theory She unpacks ow the designation of “Asian American” itself is a mental construct that is paradoxically linked to the biological bodyThrough chapters that each use a body part as springboard forreading Asian American texts Lee inaugurates a new avenue of research on biosociality and biopolitics within Asian American criticism focused on the literary and cultural understandings of pastoral government.

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