Date Thesis Awarded
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Rodney B. Ferrao
In my one-person performance Coming Out Asian American, the racialized body is placed in deracinated space and time where identity is fluidly navigated as history moves and is exchanged. I contend that Asian American identity is ambiguous, schizophrenic, and complex, and the medium of staged performance allows for the exploration of the affective body as a site for cultural/historical memory, exchange, and re-imagination. In the play, Coming Out Asian American, theater and performance are used to create a counter-monument that challenges the dominant Western mainstream discourse. At the same time, I utilize performance to find agency and liberation in the telling of my transnational, and polycultural story on liminal abjection to add to the greater Asian American communal narrative.
Hsu, Jonathon I., "Performativity of Abject Identity: Jonathon Hsu’s Coming Out Asian American" (2015). Undergraduate Honors Theses. Paper 207.