“Paper Performance” explores how the state and the stage have managed and responded to racial suspicions through the interplay between paper (documents and texts) and performance (embodied repetitions and presentations, whether in the everyday or in the theater). Insofar as a fraught but necessary relationship to paper has vitally shaped both encounters by Asian immigrants and colonial subjects with the U.S. state and Asian American theatrical production, paper performances span these points as a constitutive force in the political and cultural formation of Asian America.
Ju Yon Kim
Ju Yon Kim's interests include Asian American literature; modern and contemporary theater; and performance studies.
Her publications include “In the Space Made from Separation: Korean American Performances of North Korea in Revision,” Journal of Asian American Studies (October 2017); “Theater/Duty,” Gloss for “Theater/Duty,” Gloss for “TALES,” Imagined Theatres: Writings for a Theoretical Stage, ed. Daniel Sack, April 2017; “The Narrator as Dubious Witness: Adapting ‘And the Soul Shall Dance’ for the Stage,” Theatre Survey 57.2 (May 2016), special section on East West Players; The Racial Mundane: Asian American Performance and the Embodied Everyday, (New York University Press, May 2015; winner of the 2016 Lois P. Rudnick Award from the New England American Studies Association); “When Marco Leaves the Building: Intercultural Performances and Other Audiences,” Modernism/modernity 19.4 (November 2012); “Across a Different Table: Strange and Familiar Encounters in Asian American Cinema,” Journal of Transnational American Studies 4.1 (Summer 2012); “The Difference a Smile Can Make: Interracial Conflict and Cross-Racial Performance in Kimchee and Chitlins,” Modern Drama 53.4 (Winter 2010); “Trying on The Yellow Jacket: Performing Chinese Exclusion and Assimilation,” Theatre Journal 62.1 (March 2010).
She holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a B.A. from Yale University.