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By Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson

ISBN-10: 0814769969

ISBN-13: 9780814769966

Taking a functionality experiences method of realizing Asian American racial subjectivity, Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson argues that the legislations affects racial formation by way of compelling Asian americans to include and practice recognizable identities in either renowned aesthetic kinds (such as theater, opera, or rock track) and within the rituals of daily life. Tracing the creation of Asian American selfhood from the period of Asian Exclusion during the international battle on Terror, A Race So Different explores the felony paradox wherein U.S. legislation apprehends the Asian American physique as concurrently excluded from and integrated in the nationwide physique politic.
Bringing jointly widely outlined kinds of functionality, from inventive works resembling Madame Butterfly to the ultimate Court’s oral arguments within the Cambodian American deportation instances of the twenty-first century, this publication invitations dialog approximately how Asian American functionality makes use of the degree to rfile, interrogate, and complicate the tactics of racialization in U.S. legislations. via his amazing use of a wealthy felony and cultural archive, Chambers-Letson articulates a powerful realizing of the development of social and racial realities within the modern usa.

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Chapter 5 studies the performance practices of Cambodian/ American band Dengue Fever in order to trace the precarious position constructed for Cambodian refugees of the Vietnam War in US law. Studying Dengue Fever’s centralization of the figure of the “illegal immigrant” in its performances, I argue that the band draws attention to and interrupts the vulnerable position of Cambodian immigrants and Cambodian Americans who are subject to new forms of state violence in the era of the GWOT. In conclusion, I offer a brief meditation on racial profiling within the GWOT and on Hasan Elahi’s digital performance project Tracking Transience.

Eventually Pinkerton abandons his Japanese child-bride, who remains steadfast in the belief that he will return. In his absence, she raises their son, curiously named Trouble. Importantly, “that may be japanese law, but not in my cou ntry” / 33 Trouble was born after Pinkerton’s departure and without his knowledge. Pinkerton’s friend Sharpless, a US consular officer, remains concerned for the young woman and her son and attempts to convince the girl to remarry. She declines, believing that her marriage is protected by the laws governing marriage in the United States and that she will be able to press her case in a US court, if necessary.

My interest in the problem of law does not offer an alternative to critical investigations of race, gender, and empire in Madame Butterfly so much as it builds on this body of scholarship in order to offer a robust example of the ways in which these phenomena are produced at the intersection of law and performance in the narrative. It should be observed that one of the notable exceptions to the paucity of scholarship about law and Madame Butterfly is an article written by family law scholar Rebecca Bailey-Harris.

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