A View from the Bottom: Asian American Masculinity and by Tan Hoang Nguyen

By Tan Hoang Nguyen

A View from the Bottom deals an important severe reassessment of male effeminacy and its racialization in visible tradition. studying portrayals of Asian and Asian American males in Hollywood cinema, eu artwork movie, homosexual pornography, and experimental documentary, Nguyen Tan Hoang explores the cultural meanings that accrue to sexual positions. He indicates how cultural fantasies round the place of the sexual "bottom" overdetermine and refract the meanings of race, gender, sexuality, and nationality in American tradition in ways in which either allow and constrain Asian masculinity. tough the organization of bottoming with passivity and abjection, Nguyen indicates methods of wondering the ground place that come up with the money for company and enjoyment. A extra capacious belief of bottomhood—as a sexual place, a social alliance, an affective bond, and a cultured form—has the capability to destabilize sexual, gender, and racial norms, suggesting a moral mode of relation prepared now not round dominance and mastery yet round the possibility of vulnerability and disgrace. hence reconceived, bottomhood as a severe classification creates new probabilities for arousal, receptiveness, and popularity, and provides a brand new framework for studying sexual representations in cinema in addition to realizing their relation to oppositional political projects.

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