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Performing Ethnicity: The Video Artist Shyaporn Theerakulstit


Boehler, Natalie (2011). Performing Ethnicity: The Video Artist Shyaporn Theerakulstit. Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques, 65(4):983-997.

Abstract

Shyaporn Theerakulstit, also known by the name Shy, is a Thai-American actor and filmmaker whose short video clips focus on the topics of popular culture, mediated identities, performativity and parodism. Several of them humorously reflect on US discourses on Asianness, hyphenated identities and political correctness, drawing from the filmmaker’s diasporic perspective that enables him to simultaneously partake in and critique these discourses. This article aims to introduce Shy’s work and analyses three of his short films, concentrating on questions of cultural stereotyping, identity construction, and ethnicity as performance.

Abstract

Shyaporn Theerakulstit, also known by the name Shy, is a Thai-American actor and filmmaker whose short video clips focus on the topics of popular culture, mediated identities, performativity and parodism. Several of them humorously reflect on US discourses on Asianness, hyphenated identities and political correctness, drawing from the filmmaker’s diasporic perspective that enables him to simultaneously partake in and critique these discourses. This article aims to introduce Shy’s work and analyses three of his short films, concentrating on questions of cultural stereotyping, identity construction, and ethnicity as performance.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Cinema Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
900 History
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:29 Feb 2012 17:21
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 11:49
Publisher:Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft / Verlag Peter Lang
ISSN:0004-4717
Official URL:http://www.sagw.ch/asiengesellschaft/publikationen/Asiatische-Studien.html

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