Review, Compositional Subjects, Enfiguring Asian American Women

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Unformatted text preview: s an autobiography expanded its legitimacy as an ethnographic and historical exploration of ethnic identity. From this exploration of the writing self, Kang moves through the composition of Asian/American women as desiring bodies by and within film studies, as citizens by and within the discipline of history, and as transnational workers by common practices of ethnography. Kang’s chapter on ethnography examines how Asian female working bodies have become vital features of the political and discursive economies linked to assembly line manufacturing, military prostitution, and sex tourism. Hoping to problematize the assumption that scholarly productions are necessarily empowering, Kang pays close attention to the “metaphors, analogies, plots, and images” that render Asian women workers REVIEWS • 217 visible and intelligible. Among these troubling plots is the understanding of exploitable working conditions as a necessary phase in capitalistic growth, and the conceptualization of Asian female bodies as ideal workers in a global capitalist economy characterized by increasing “mobility, flexibility, and porosity.” Portrayed as geographically distant (from us/the U.S.) and bound by tradition, Asian women remain visible yet anonymous, Kang argues. She advances an alternative approach to the study of Asian women workers, one that attends to the historicities of the labor sites of manufacturing, prostitution, and sex tourism....
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This note was uploaded on 11/17/2009 for the course HISTORY 131405 taught by Professor Kate during the Three '09 term at University of Melbourne.

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