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Performativity Of Abject Identity: Jonathon Hsu’S Coming Out Asian American, Jonathon I. Hsu Apr 2015

Performativity Of Abject Identity: Jonathon Hsu’S Coming Out Asian American, Jonathon I. Hsu

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In my one-person performance Coming Out Asian American, the racialized body is placed in deracinated space and time where identity is fluidly navigated as history moves and is exchanged. I contend that Asian American identity is ambiguous, schizophrenic, and complex, and the medium of staged performance allows for the exploration of the affective body as a site for cultural/historical memory, exchange, and re-imagination. In the play, Coming Out Asian American, theater and performance are used to create a counter-monument that challenges the dominant Western mainstream discourse. At the same time, I utilize performance to find agency and liberation in ...


China’S Youth: Stories Of Modern Chinese Young Adults, Hannah Becker-Uncapher Jan 2015

China’S Youth: Stories Of Modern Chinese Young Adults, Hannah Becker-Uncapher

Undergraduate Honors Theses

I arrived in Beijing on June 30th 2014 to complete the groundwork for this book, a creative nonfiction account of youth culture in modern China. A few years earlier, I had lived in China for nine months, arriving a month after my sixteenth birthday. Now back again at twenty years old, I traveled down the east coast, ventured west into Sichuan, and finally looped back to Beijing, interviewing young Chinese adults in the cities where I stopped. I recorded the interviewees’ complete life stories and went on to analyze the major elements of these stories in order to discover how ...