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Asian American Women Artists: Performative Strategies Redefined

by Stacy E. Schultz

Journal of Asian American Studies, Feb. 2012, v. 15, no. 1, pp. 105-127

When a woman artist uses her body in a performative fashion, the viewer becomes witness to an active process of cultural navigation. The body becomes a site of immediate engagement. The choice to employ artistic strategies drawn from cultural experience conveys and highlights the problem of constructing identity in a world that rejects and even fears what is unknown. By transcending stereotypes long held by Americans and rejecting traditional Asian Confucian ideology of the respectful and submissive woman, Asian American women of Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese descent draw attention to cross-cultural fluidity in negotiating language, history, politics, and cultural perception.

NOTE: The author discusses a range of performative works by Asian American women artists. Listed below are the artists and works that the medium of video.

ITEM 2012.056 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Video PoemShigeko Kubota

Mouth to MouthTheresa Hak Kyung Cha

Lip SyncBruce Nauman

Surname Viet Given Name NamTrinh t. Minh-ha