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Saturday, April 28 • 11:15am - 12:45pm
Pacific Rimming: Sonic and Sexual Fantasies

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  1. Thea Quiray Tagle "It’s Not Right But It’s Okay:  Queer Filipino Performances of (Un)Dead Black Divas"
  2. Manan Desai "Bamboo and Brass: The Sexual Politics of Exotica’s Asia"
  3. Brian Su-Jen Chung "Back to School: The University of Hawaii and Queer Indie Music Scene-making in Honolulu"
Moderator: Ashon Crawley

This trio of presentations traverses multiple geographies and histories of queer sound and performance in the mainland United States, Hawai’i and the Pacific, and Asia. Our work explores several modes through which diasporic amateur and professional artists in these spaces labor to imagine the social, racial, and sexual Other-as-Themselves through music-making and live performance. Manan Desai’s paper on the mid-century “Exotica” genre in the United States investigates the Cold War fantasies of mastery over Asia and Asian people which were played out in its consumption and production. Thea Quiray Tagle considers drag performances by queer Filipinos that turn African American divas into the undead as fantastic, yet prescient, spectacles that warn us all of our impending destruction. Brian Chung, meanwhile, looks to the indie music scene in Hawai’i as a site for queer worldmaking that transforms the islands from a tourist trap to an indigenous place. Together, our work tries to disrupt the borders between producer and consumer; original and copy; foreign and native in order to complicate the ways that we understand how individuals and collectives produce resistant sexual and racial identities and landscapes through performance and sound.
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Speakers
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Brian Su-Jen Chung

Brian Su-Jen Chung is assistant professor of ethnic studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His writing has been published in Biography: An Interdisciplinary Journal and Verge: Studies in Global Asias.“Back to School: The University of Hawaii and Queer Indie Music Scene-making... Read More →
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Ashon Crawley

Ashon Crawley teaches Religious Studies and African American and African Studies at University of Virginia. He is author of Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility (2016)."The Hammond B-3: Blackness and Circum-sacred Performance" Black life is circum-sacred performance... Read More →
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Manan Desai

Manan Desai is an Assistant Professor in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan. He is currently completing his book The United States of India, about South Asian and American intellectual exchange during the 1910s and 20s. His writing has been published... Read More →
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Thea Quiray Tagle

Thea Quiray Tagle, PhD is an independent curator and writer currently based in Seattle; she is also a faculty member in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of Washington, Bothell. Her writing has most recently been published in the Journal of... Read More →


Saturday April 28, 2018 11:15am - 12:45pm
Demo Lab MoPOP, 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109

Attendees (6)