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Purity and Proficiency: Staging Asian American Respectability

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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10:05 am - 11:35 am
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Yutian Wong

Yutian Wong's talk looks at the establishment of modern dance as a high art concert dance form alongside the emergence of Asian American respectability politics. This essay considers the careers of Asian American dance artists such as Michio Ito, Sono Osato, and Yuriko Kikuchi to understand the how the compulsion to make pure (virtuous) Asian American proficiency (virtuosity) is often a function of normalizing certain virtuoso (model minority) behaviors. +++ Yutian Wong is an Associate Professor in the School of Theater and Dance at San Francisco State University. She is the author of Choreographing Asian America (Wesleyan 2010) and editor of Contemporary Directions in Asian American Dance (Wisconsin 2016). +++ Also sponsored by SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology