Performing contradictions, performing bad-girlness in East Asia

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Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University; Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lingnan University

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Dept. of Cultural Studies & KFCRD Cultural Studies Seminar Series & Cultural Magazine, 2004-05

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Public Seminar




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.



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Dr. Yau Ching received her BA (Hons) in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong, Postgraduate Diploma in Studio Art and Cultural Theory from the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York, MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research, and PhD in Media Arts from Royal Holloway, University of London. She was awarded a Rockefeller Humanities Post-doctoral Fellowship to conduct research at Women's Studies, Univerity of Hawai`i in 2004. Her books include: Filming Margins: Tang Shu Shuen, a Forgotten Hong Kong Director (Hong Kong University Press, 2004), Ho Yuk - Script and Critical Essays (Hong Kong: Youth Literary Press, 2002), The Impossible Home (Hong Kong: Youth Literary Press, 2001), Stripping Pants and Skirts (Hong Kong: Ching Hung Ching Publishing, 1999) and Building a New Stove (Hong Kong: Youth Literary Press, 1996). Also an award-winning filmmaker, poet and media artist, her research interests span from cultural representation of gender and sexuality, community-based media, experimental documentary, film theory to video art, Hong Kong cinema and literature. She has taught at the University of California, San Diego, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Currently she is programming for the Asian Lesbian Film and Video Festival to be held in Taipei this coming August and finishing a book on Hongkongness and sex.

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Yau, C. (2005, April 26). Performing contradictions, performing bad-girlness in East Asia [Video podcast]. Retrieved from