EVENT: I Got This Way from Eating Rice: The Work of Nguyen Tan Hoang

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 @ 5:00 PM in KOHLBERG HALL 115

Nguyen Tan Hoang is an experimental videomaker and Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies at Bryn Mawr College. His videos examine the intersection of popular culture, sexual representation, and gay Asian American identity. His research focuses on racialized sexuality in Hollywood movies, European art cinema, pornography, and experimental documentary. Exhibitions of Hoang’s work include The J. Paul Getty Center, the Museum of Modern Art, and the National Museum of Modern Art at the Pompidou Center. Publications include Porn Studies, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, and TransAsian Screen Cultures.

Hoang will talk about his current book project, “A View from the Bottom: Asian American Masculinity and Sexual Representation,” which advances a theory of “bottomhood” as a mode of pleasure, agency, and resistance. He will also screen his short videos Forever Bottom! (a celebration of the bottom position), K.I.P. (a formalist tribute to 70s gay porn star Kip Noll), PIRATED! (a queer retelling of his boat escape from Vietnam), and Maybe Never (but I’m counting the days) (a poignant testimonial about growing up young, queer, and Asian in the age of AIDS).

(PersuAsian is a new group for Swatties who identify as queer/questioning and Asian/Pacific Islander.)

Co-sponsors: SAO, SQU, Colors, and Young People For (YP4)

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