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Local Invisibility, Postcolonial Feminisms

Asian American Contemporary Artists in California

  • Provides insight into a rich yet understudied population in American art history

  • Explores the nuance of how Asian American identities have changed throughout the twentieth century to the present


Part of the Critical Studies in Gender, Sexuality, and Culture book series (CSGSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Laura Fantone
    Pages 25-61
  3. Laura Fantone
    Pages 63-92
  4. Laura Fantone
    Pages 139-180
  5. Laura Fantone
    Pages 211-219
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 221-247

About this book


This book offers gendered, postcolonial insights into the poetic and artistic work of four generations of female Asian American artists in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Nancy Hom, Betty Kano, Flo Oy Wong, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Theresa H.K. Cha, and Hung Liu are discussed in relation to the cultural politics of their time, and their art is examined in light of the question of what it means to be an Asian American artist. Laura Fantone’s exploration of this dynamic, understudied artistic community begets a sensitive and timely reflection on the state of Asian American women in the USA and in Californian cultural institutions.


America American culture anthropology arts Asia cultural anthropology culture feminism fine arts gender identity philosophy social science sociology women

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Gender and Women’s StudiesUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeley, CAUSA

About the authors

Laura Fantone is Lecturer of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. Her commitment to interdisciplinarity has led her to write on video games, reproductive technologies, labor and precarity, and ethnic minorities and refugees in Europe; to produce two documentaries distributed in Italy and in the USA; and to curate two art shows.  

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Local Invisibility, Postcolonial Feminisms
  • Book Subtitle Asian American Contemporary Artists in California
  • Authors Laura Fantone
  • Series Title Critical Studies in Gender, Sexuality, and Culture
  • Series Abbreviated Title Critical Studies in Gender, Sexuality, and Culture
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-50669-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-70102-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-50670-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 247
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Gender Studies
    Asian Culture
    Sociology of Culture
    American Culture
    Cultural Anthropology
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