Transpacific Attachments (eBook)
Sex Work, Media Networks, And Affective Histories Of Chineseness
de Lily Wong
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The figure of the Chinese sex workerwho provokes both disdain and desirehas become a trope for both Asian American sexuality and Asian modernity. Lingering in the cultural imagination, sex workers link sexual and cultural marginality, and their tales clarify the boundaries of citizenship, nationalism, and internationalism. InTranspacific Attachments,Lily Wong studies the mobility and mobilization of the sex worker figure through transpacific media networks, illuminating the intersectional politics of racial, sexual, and class structures.
Transpacific Attachmentsexamines shifting depictions of Chinese sex workers in popular mediafrom literature to film to new mediathat have circulated within the United States, China, and Sinophone communities from the early twentieth century to the present. Wong explores Asian American writers articulation of transnational belonging; early Hollywoods depiction of Chinese women as parasitic prostitutes and Chinese cinemas reframing the figure as a call for reform; Cold Warera use of prostitute and courtesan metaphors to question nationalist narratives and heteronormativity; and images of immigrant brides against the backdrop of neoliberalism and the flows of transnational capital. She focuses on the transpacific networks that reconfigure Chineseness, complicating a diasporic framework of cultural authenticity. While imaginations of a global community have long been mobilized through romantic, erotic, and gendered representations, Wong stresses the significant role sex work plays in the constant restructuring of social relations. Chineseness, the figure of the sex worker shows, is an affective product as much as an ethnic or cultural signifier.