Eastern Body Diary
Eastern Body Diary explores the experiences of a young Taiwanese seeking connection, community, and some fun in NYC. He finds he must struggle to navigate the minefield of the Western gay community where his body and existence is reduced and desexualized by racial stereotypes. While running away from these afflictions, he ends up depriving himself of the integration and wholeness he seeks.
編舞 Choreography／江峰 Jiang Feng
表演者 Performer／江峰 Jiang Feng
音樂 Music／交工樂隊 Labor Exchange Band - 風神125 My Old 125cc Motorcycle
［過往演出 Past Performances］
Itinerant Performance Art Festival
Movement Research at the Judson Church
"Thinking Its Presence" conference hosted by the University of Arizona
Dance Research Forum Ireland
La MaMa Galleria PERFORM #2
Taiwanese artist Feng Jiang’s Eastern Body Diary created an awed silence in the room as audience members watched his internal struggle with his sexuality and race materialize in exasperated dance. Jiang began the performance seated at a table and typing at a laptop, then began quipping with a disembodied voice that represented a Grindr chat. “No Asians, no blacks,” the speakers sounded, “You’re Asian. Asians are only bottoms.” What began as a divulgence of casual daily discrimination against East Asian men and their emasculation evolved into a more abstract demonstration of inexplicable frustration with systemic racism. The voiceover began to explain to Jiang what was expected of Asians (the term “Asians” often dismissing the diversities of Asians and Asian Americans in the context of the US) and the artist slowly began to obey the commands, running left and right in increasing swiftness until his body became frenetic and twisting on the floor, unable to escape the constraints of Western identification.
——Excerpted from "Performance Artists Probe East Asian Identity and Power Dynamics," Hyperallergic
by Akiko Ichikawa and Danielle Wu