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The Exquisite Corpse of Asian AmericaBiopolitics, Biosociality, and Posthuman Ecologies$
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Rachel C. Lee

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479817719

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479817719.001.0001

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Pussy Ballistics and Peristaltic Feminism

Pussy Ballistics and Peristaltic Feminism

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(p.97) 3 Pussy Ballistics and Peristaltic Feminism
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The Exquisite Corpse of Asian America
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Rachel C. Lee

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479817719.003.0004

This chapter describes the “pussy ballistics” featured in Asian American cultural production, specifically in the concert of Korean American stand-up comedienne Margaret Cho. These are referred to as (1) the parturition characterizing the privileged and procreative good mother of the global North; (2) the contrastive gratuitous explosions from Asian sex workers' vaginas; and the relationship of both of these to (3) the gut(teral) explosions from the mouth that sell Asian pussy and terrorize the audience with their surprise regurgitations. The chapter examines how these pussy bombshells erupt strategically in Cho's 2003 concert Cho Revolution and how she uses this stylistic repertoire to mount a critique of U.S. empire that focuses on the Asian sex worker as logistical support for the military troops of commodity capitalism. It also develops a theory of Cho's pulsing aesthetics as a valuable mode of pursuing a femiqueer and racial studies critique in analyzing the concert's overall structure.

Keywords:   pussy ballistics, Asian American cultural production, Margaret Cho, Asian sex worker, Cho Revolution, U.S. empire, military troops, commodity capitalism

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