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University of Toronto St. George
East Asian Studies
Dylan Clark

Lecture 3 9/28/2012 1:14:00 PM Performativity (Judith Butler) All of us putting on a gendered show Acting hetero/homosexual in any given cultural context Learn gender’s rolesperform “correctly” No gender essenceact like there is (we’re all in drag) “Same Bed, Different Dreams” by Bao pg 496 conclusion Constructed meanings of “Chinese” and “Thai” are sexualized, gendered, classed quoting Foucault (pg. 479) “the body…historically + culturally specific nexus of shifting power relations” where power relations accumulate & differences are inscribed gender as historical construct  acts/ performs “nei” & “wai”—homologies (ideas prove each other) always negotiable one homology changesothers homology change way of thinking wife’s particular class-based personhood performed in this space (“nei”)husband violated her space/ class/ Chinese-ness by having sex with their maid in her bed ethnicity passed through gender father Thai, mother Chinese child Thai differences create ethnic explanation to differences Chinese men better than Thai men (sleep around classier) Gender not fixed performed continuously differently depending on different contexts Contingent, relationship, performative Not fixed in body/ nature/ essential Way to think through & act through Boundaries-differences
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