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A Race So DifferentPerformance and Law in Asian America$
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Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814738399

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814738399.001.0001

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Performance, Law, and the Race So Different

(p.1) Introduction
A Race So Different

Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson

NYU Press

This introductory chapter presents Lidless, a theatrical portrait of Bashir's racialization and subjectivation in Guantánamo. Two of its scenes, in particular, emphasize the relationship between law and performance in the making of Bashir's racialized subjectivity: the initial interrogation in Guantánamo and Bashir's restaging of this interrogation in Alice's flower shop. In relation to this play, the book studies the making of Asian American subjectivity, arguing that this process occurs through the intersection between law and performance in and on the Asian American body. It analyzes racial formation through the lens of performance in order to historicize and explicate the legal and cultural mechanisms responsible for the production of racial meaning in and on the Asian American body.

Keywords:   Lidless, racialization, subjectivation, racialized subjectivity, Guantánamo, Asian American body, racial formation

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