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Brown Boys and Rice Queens: Spellbinding Performance in the Asias

Brown Boys and Rice Queens: Spellbinding Performance in the Asias

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Honorable Mention for the 2015 Cultural Studies Best Book presented by the Association of Asian American Studies

Winner of the 2013 CLAGS Fellowship Award for Best First Book Project in LGBT Studies

A transnational study of Asian performance shaped by the homoerotics of orientalism, Brown Boys and Rice Queens focuses on the relationship between the white man and the native boy. Eng-Beng Lim unpacks this as the central trope for understanding colonial and cultural encounters in 20th and 21st-century Asia and its diaspora. Using the native boy as a critical guide, Lim formulates alternative readings of a traditional Balinese ritual, postcolonial Anglophone theatre in Singapore, and performance art in Asian America.

Tracing the transnational formation of the native boy as a racial fetish object across the last century, Lim follows this figure as he is passed from the hands of the colonial empire to the postcolonial nation-state to neoliberal globalization. Read through such figurations, the traffic of native boys among white men serves as an allegory of an infantilized and emasculated Asia, subordinate before colonial whiteness and modernity. Pushing further, Lim addresses the critical paradox of this entrenched relationship that resides even within the queer theory itself by formulating critical interventions around "Asian performance."

Author: Eng-Beng Lim
Publisher: New York University Press
Published: 11/22/2013
Pages: 230
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.95lbs
Size: 8.90h x 6.00w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9780814759400

About the Author
Eng-Beng Lim is Assistant Professor of Sexuality Studies in the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Dartmouth College.

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