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Towards a Queer, Minor-transAsian Protest: Wang Mo-Lin’s Antigone (2013)

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In not refusing to grieve the loss, how does a performance mourn for officially “ungrievable” lives and thereby contest the institutional violence implicated in the sensitive and subtle national status of Taiwan? Since 2000, many Taiwanese artists have been approaching diverse forms of resistance against Chinese-centrist constructions designated by the Kuomintang. Theater practitioner and social activist Wang Mo-Lin’s Antigone, premiered in Taipei in 2013, has proposed an alternative measure of politics that implicit in minor-transAsian protest-performance that probes into political traumas of different contexts. Collaborated by Hong Seung-Yi and Baek Dae-Hyun from Korea, Cheng Yin-Jen from Taiwan, and Ho Yu-Fan from China, the piece retells Sophocles’ play Antigone through the queer lens of the 228 Incident in 1947 in Taiwan, the Gwangju massacre in 1980 in Republic of Korea, and the Tiananmen Square protest of 1989 in People’s Republic of China. Antigone highlights the analogous structure of these traumas, suggesting a novel tactic of networking “political minorities” among different countries in East Asia. This paper, grounded in Gayatri Spivak’s strategic essentialism, Randy Martin’s body discourse as well as Shu-Mei Shih and Françoise Lionnet’s minor transnationalism, seeks to intertwine the contemporary operation of the historical events into the analysis of the performance and ultimately stress a potential transAsian conversation that urges for a re-grief for the unmourned victims in the past, a reconsideration of the political status quo, and a vision of the future relationship among countries in Asia.
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Cheng, Fan-Ting. "Towards a Queer, Minor-transAsian Protest: Wang Mo-Lin’s Antigone (2013)" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies - Annual Conference, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Toronto, Canada, <Not Available>. 2017-07-22 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1193565_index.html>

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Cheng, F. "Towards a Queer, Minor-transAsian Protest: Wang Mo-Lin’s Antigone (2013)" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies - Annual Conference, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Toronto, Canada <Not Available>. 2017-07-22 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1193565_index.html

Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: In not refusing to grieve the loss, how does a performance mourn for officially “ungrievable” lives and thereby contest the institutional violence implicated in the sensitive and subtle national status of Taiwan? Since 2000, many Taiwanese artists have been approaching diverse forms of resistance against Chinese-centrist constructions designated by the Kuomintang. Theater practitioner and social activist Wang Mo-Lin’s Antigone, premiered in Taipei in 2013, has proposed an alternative measure of politics that implicit in minor-transAsian protest-performance that probes into political traumas of different contexts. Collaborated by Hong Seung-Yi and Baek Dae-Hyun from Korea, Cheng Yin-Jen from Taiwan, and Ho Yu-Fan from China, the piece retells Sophocles’ play Antigone through the queer lens of the 228 Incident in 1947 in Taiwan, the Gwangju massacre in 1980 in Republic of Korea, and the Tiananmen Square protest of 1989 in People’s Republic of China. Antigone highlights the analogous structure of these traumas, suggesting a novel tactic of networking “political minorities” among different countries in East Asia. This paper, grounded in Gayatri Spivak’s strategic essentialism, Randy Martin’s body discourse as well as Shu-Mei Shih and Françoise Lionnet’s minor transnationalism, seeks to intertwine the contemporary operation of the historical events into the analysis of the performance and ultimately stress a potential transAsian conversation that urges for a re-grief for the unmourned victims in the past, a reconsideration of the political status quo, and a vision of the future relationship among countries in Asia.


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