Chasing the Dragon

Ian Jarvis

1993, 22:00 minutes, colour, English


Chasing The Dragon is an exploration of the meaning of the "exotic" as it applies to notions of Asianness and sexual stereotypes. The tape attempts to move beyond simply presenting the "exotic" through interviews with both male and female Asians, talking about their experiences and understanding of the "exotic". Chasing The Dragon is in two parts. Part one explores the development of a persona, Cherry. She is the fantasy woman on the other side of a 1-900-number. She is nothing more than a slick video image. Part two consists of the interviews in which westernized Asians negotiate the uncertain territory between East and West.

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Critical Writing

T.O. scene follows feature dream to the source
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Jan. 5, 1994, v. 13, no. 18.
So long, Miss Saigon: Art exhibit dismantles myths of Asian sexuality
by Glenn Sumi. Xtra!, June 10, 1994, no. 251.
Video Art without fear
by Carolyn Bennett. EYE WEEKLY, Jan. 13, 1994.
Technique Serves Content in Trinity video Collection
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Jan. 13, 1994, v. 13, no. 20.
For Our Own Pleasure
by Laura U. Marks. Artforum, Sept 1994, v. 33.