Eastern Body Diary

東方身體日記

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.

《東方身體日記》探討一名臺灣男同志在紐約的生活經驗,他如何尋找人際連結、社群以及性/愛。他發現自己難以融入西方男同志社群,他的身體及存在因種族刻板印象與歧視而被性化及他者化。​​​​​​

編舞 Choreographer|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

Exponential Festival

Dance Research Forum Ireland

HOT! Festival at Dixon Place

La MaMa Galleria PERFORM #2

評論 Review

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

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