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The Racial Mundane: Asian American Performance and the Embodied Everyday

Ju Yon Kim


Across the twentieth century, national controversies involving Asian Americans have drawn attention to such seemingly unremarkable activities as eating rice, greeting customers, and studying for exams. While public debates about Asian Americans have invoked quotidian practices to support inconsistent claims about racial difference, diverse aesthetic projects have tested these claims by experimenting with the relationships among habit, body, and identity. This book argues that the ambiguous relationship between behavioral tendencies and the body has sustained paradoxical characterizations of As ... More

Keywords: perfunctory behaviors, Asian Americans, racial difference, habit, identity, behavior, racialized bodies, race, performance, habitual behaviors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781479897896
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479897896.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ju Yon Kim, author