Pleasure in Racialization-Sexualization: The Body is a House (2017) – Narcissister

This article is first published in UrbanApa’s Blackness and the Postmodern.  Foreword I am an emerging choreographer and performance theorist, born/raised in Vietnam, currently studying and working in the U.S. My current scholarly research interest lies at the intersection of choreography and pornography, where I look into pornography’s mobilization of bodies and affects in a prescriptive […]

Blackface and Pop Princesses: A brief genealogy

Note: I have updated my argument about Ariana Grande’s “blackface” in Rethinking Transracialism: Ariana Grande and Racial Ambiguity. Contemporary blackface no longer involves minstrelsy’s burnt cork or greasepaint to blacken the performers’ skin, but instead,  make-up foundation, artificial tanning and digital coloring are employed to play with racial mythologies and to exploit what blackness signifies. […]

Speaking Sex

To speak sex is not to speak about sex. Nonetheless, to speak sex is to require speaking about sex, but at the same time to not get caught up in the delusion of “speaking about sex”  as the ultimate goal of sexual liberation, if there is such a thing at all. Speaking sex demands more […]