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"No Asians": Digital and National F(r)ictions of Proliferated Life and Queer Subjectivity

  • Author(s): Nguyen, Trung Phan Quoc
  • Advisor(s): Mankekar, Purnima
  • et al.
Abstract

This thesis explores how queer subjecthood is structured by homonormative investments in national incorporation and proliferated life against unevenly valorized racialized, gendered, and sexualized difference at the same time that the digital has promised to homogenize these differences. I examine visual cultural objects of new media, queer cultural productions, and interfaces of connectivity in order to suggest that the digital colludes with national culture to not only produce and maintain unevenly valorized differences, but to construct a queer subject mobilized to construct, uphold, and repair the modern nation under the vexed rubrics of freedom, rights, and democracy.

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