National abjection is an important contribution to the fields of performance studies and asian american studies while also of interest to scholars examining transnationalism globalization critical race theory and the body. National abjection by karen shimakawa is the latest addition to the small but growing field of scholarship in asian american theatre and performance the book provides critical analysis of a number of asian american performed texts since the 1970s by applying current theories of culture race and performance. She examines how asian americans become culturally visible on and off stage revealing the ways asian american theater companies and artists respond to the cultural implications of this abjection shimakawa looks at the origins of asian american theater particularly through the memories of some of its pioneers. National abjection explores the vexed relationship between asian americanness and americanness through a focus on drama and performance art karen shimakawa argues that the forms of asian americanness that appear in us culture are a function of national abjection a process that demands that americanness be defined by the exclusion of asian americans who are either c. Karen shimakawa is the author of national abjection the asian american body onstage 2003 and co editor of orientations mapping studies in the asian diaspora 2001 with kandice chuh her research and teaching focus on critical race theory law and performance and asian american performance
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