Review, Compositional Subjects, Enfiguring Asian American Women

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Unformatted text preview: Kang concludes with a chapter that explores textual, photographic, and film compositions created by Korean American women. Included are Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictée, Myung Mi Kim’s poetry, Jin-me Yoon’s photography, and several documentaries. Paying close attention to both content and form, Kang argues that these works engage with “compositional struggles” by contesting a range of prior claims and representations. When not cathected as a single author speaking for a larger ethnic or national constituency, these works are read for their “eccentricities and theoretical engagements” rather than with critical recognition of their grounding in a “very specific Korean/American history of colonization, immigration, racialization, and diasporic attachments” (217). Hoping to resist “critical and disciplinary enclosures,” Kang attempts to show how these works challenge existing modes of representation and knowledge production. At the same time, Kang demonstrates how even some of these compositional sites, where Korean American women represent Korean women, are troubled and politically impure. In her discussion of Camp Arirang and The Women Outside, two “subject generated documentaries” focusing on prostitution surrounding U.S. military bases in Korea, Kang examines how and why certain bodies are placed on display. “Spatiotemporal fissures” and unequal p...
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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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