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Brown Boys and Rice QueensSpellbinding Performance in the Asias$
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Eng-Beng Lim

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814760895

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814760895.001.0001

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The Global Asian Queer Boys of Singapore

The Global Asian Queer Boys of Singapore

(p.91) 2 The Global Asian Queer Boys of Singapore
Brown Boys and Rice Queens

Eng-Beng Lim

NYU Press

This chapter explores the Singapore's tendentious investment in pink-dollar capitalism and the blind spots of global queering as a discourse for the country's recent, English-language gay theater. It presents a case of theatrical trilogy Asian Boys, Vols. 1, 2, and 3, by playwright Alfian Sa'at, whose work alongside that of other local artists raises important questions about the boy's autoexotic display and gay agency in the region. The chapter suggests that the theatricality of the Asian boys has to be read as a glocalqueer production that serves a number of critical functions, including the way it can undo the binaries often internalized in studies about queer and postcolonial productions.

Keywords:   pink-dollar capitalism, gay theater, Asian Boys, gay agency, glocalqueer production, global queering

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