Fashion and Beauty in the Time of Asia
Howtransnational modernity is taking shape in and in relation to AsiaFashion and Beauty in the Time ofAsiaconsiders the role of bodily aesthetics in the shaping of Asian modernities andthe formation of the so-called “Asian Century.” S. Heijin Lee, Christina H.Moon, and Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu train our eyes on sites as far-flung, varied, andintimate as Guangzhou and Los Angeles, Saigon and Seoul, New York and Toronto. Theymap the transregional connections, ever-evolving aspirations and sensibilities,and new worlds and life paths forged through engagements with fashion andbeauty.Contributorsconsider American influence on plastic surgery in Korea, Vietnamese debatesabout “the fashionable,” and the costs and commitments demanded of those whomake and wear fast fashion, from Chinese garment workers to Nepalese nailtechnicians in New York who are mandated to dress "fashionably." Indoing so, this interdisciplinary anthology moves beyond commoncharacterizations of Asians and the Asian diaspora as simply abject laborers orfrenzied consumers, analyzing who the modern Asian subject is now: what theywear and how they work, move, eat, and shop.
- 2019 New York University Press
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