A View from the Bottom: Asian American Masculinity and by Tan Hoang Nguyen

By Tan Hoang Nguyen

A View from the Bottom deals a huge severe reassessment of male effeminacy and its racialization in visible tradition. interpreting portrayals of Asian and Asian American males in Hollywood cinema, ecu paintings movie, homosexual pornography, and experimental documentary, Nguyen Tan Hoang explores the cultural meanings that accrue to sexual positions. He exhibits how cultural fantasies round the place of the sexual "bottom" overdetermine and refract the meanings of race, gender, sexuality, and nationality in American tradition in ways in which either permit and constrain Asian masculinity. tough the organization of bottoming with passivity and abjection, Nguyen indicates methods of pondering the ground place that find the money for enterprise and delight. A extra capacious notion of bottomhood—as a sexual place, a social alliance, an affective bond, and a classy form—has the capability to destabilize sexual, gender, and racial norms, suggesting a moral mode of relation equipped no longer round dominance and mastery yet round the threat of vulnerability and disgrace. hence reconceived, bottomhood as a severe type creates new chances for arousal, receptiveness, and popularity, and gives a brand new framework for interpreting sexual representations in cinema in addition to knowing their relation to oppositional political projects.

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