This lecture examines how anal erotics and bottom positioning refract the meanings of race, gender, sexuality, and nationality in Asian/American visual culture. Nguyen Tan Hoang argues that "bottomhood" simultaneously enables and constrains Asian American men in moving-image media. Conceived as a sexual position, a social alliance, and an aesthetic form, bottomhood affirms a politics that embraces risk, receptivity, and vulnerability.
Nguyen Tan Hoang is an Associate Professor of English and Film Studies at Bryn Mawr College. His videos, including K.I.P, PIRATED!, and Forever Bottom!,have been screened at MoMA, The Getty Center, The Pompidou Center, and numerous film and media festivals. His book A View from the Bottom: Asian American Masculinity and Sexual Representation was recently published by Duke University Press.
This lecture is sponsored by the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Minor in Art and Social Change at OCAD University.
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