Performing contradictions, performing bad-girlness in East Asia
Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University; Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lingnan University
4:30 p.m. -- 6:00 p.m.
AM201, Amenities Building, Lingnan University
Combining strategies of media analysis, visual anthropology and art education, this paper attempts to outline the process of conducting media literacy workshops in female juvenile correctional centers/reform schools in two East Asian cities, in order to answer mainstream representation and imaginary of gendered juvenile delinquency in the region. After analyzing the intersection of implicit nationalism, global capitalist consumerism, and teenage subjectivity, the research seeks to understand teenage girls' acts of badness as performing the contradictions and schizophrenia of recent social changes in East Asian societies. The study points out that the punishment and stigmatization of the teenage girls' behaviors are symptoms of the societies' inability to reconcile with the contradictions embedded in their own social development, resulting in self-denial and shame on their part.
Yau, C. (2005, April 26). Performing contradictions, performing bad-girlness in East Asia. [Video podcast]. Retrieved from http://commons.ln.edu.hk/videos/230