The Chinese Exotic

Modern Diasporic Femininity

Olivia Khoo

The Chinese Exotic

Olivia Khoo

Distributed for Hong Kong University Press

226 pages | 7 b&w illus. | 6 x 9
Hardcover $60.00 ISBN: 9789622098794 Published October 2007 AAUKEU - ALL AMERICAS & UNITED KINGDOM & EUROPE
The Chinese Exotic examines new representations of diasporic Chinese femininity emerging from Asia Pacific modernities since the late twentieth century. Through an analysis of cultural artefacts such as films, popular fiction, food and fashion cultures, the book challenges the dominant tendency in contemporary cultural politics to define Chinese femininity from a mainland perspective that furthermore equates it with notions of primitivism. Rather, the book argues for a radical reconfiguration of the concept of exoticism as a frame for understanding these new representations. This engaging study raises important questions on the relationship between the Chinese diasporas and gender. The Chinese Exotic provides a timely critical intervention into the current visualizations of diasporic Chinese femininity. The book contends that an analysis of such images can inform the reconfigured relations between China, the Chinese diasporas, Asia and the West in the context of contemporary globalization, and in turn takes these new intersections to account for the complex nature of modern definitions of diasporic Chinese femininity.
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