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1. Lê, Việt Hồ. Return engagement: contemporary art's traumas of modernity and history in diasporic Sai Gon and Phnom Penh.

Degree: PhD, American Studies and Ethnicity, 2013, University of Southern California

The dissertation examines modernity, popular culture and trauma in contemporary art in Asian America and Southeast Asia, with a focus on Việt Nam and Cambodia—two countries linked historically and regionally with each other and the United States. In addressing the dearth of art criticism on artists from the region, I argue that traumas such as military engagement and modernization return as thematic objects of desire and desired art objects on international art markets, however contested. I highlight artists tied to Phnom Penh and Sài Gòn, and challenge “diasporic” and “local” categorizations. Asian American artists living in Southeast Asia may be marketed—and identify—as “local.” Seasoned “local” Southeast Asian artists may have “diasporic” outlooks and practice flexible citizenship through their social networks, overseas residencies and exhibitions. In a competitive international art market, I assert that these artists strategically position themselves as both insiders and outsiders. For example, Sài Gòn returnees Tiffany Chung (Vietnamese American) and Sandrine Llouquet (Vietnamese French) embody and contest the gendered divides within “local/ non-local” communities. Meanwhile, Phnom Penh-based, U.S.-educated sculptor Sopheap Pich and Sài Gòn-based conceptual artist Phan Quang deal with urban-rural developments through different visual codes. For these artists, “translations” of local issues are (self-) exploitative gestures. ❧ Besides considering how artists deal with issues of marketing and location, I also question how artists of Southeast Asian descent are often expected to address the twin traumas of history and modernity. The breadth of visual culture in Asian America and Southeast Asia is explored through a range of visual art as well as documentary and experimental films. Return is a key theme across these media. For instance, the documentary films S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine and Refugee both feature protagonists returning to traumatic sites to confront figures from their pasts. The former film is directed by French Khmer Rithy Pahn whereas the latter is a collaborative project by Bay-area Japanese American filmmaker Spencer Nakasako and Cambodian American Mike Siv. Artistic framing, critical reception and varying audiences and contexts are analyzed in my project. Returning to historical archives, Cambodian collagist Leang Seckon and Vietnamese American experimental filmmaker Hồng-An Trương both use fragmentary approaches. They critique the spatial and temporal contradictions of modernizing projects. All of these cultural producers ambivalently grapple with violent pasts and the painful present. Advisors/Committee Members: Nguyen, Viet ThanhRoman, David (Committee Chair), Gomez-Barris, Macarena (Committee Member), Gómez-Barris, Macarena (Committee Member), Hoskins, Janet A. (Committee Member).

Subjects/Keywords: contemporary visual art; modernity; history; trauma; Southeast Asia; Vietnam; Cambodia; diaspora; Asian American Studies; development; visual culture

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APA (6th Edition):

Lê, V. H. (2013). Return engagement: contemporary art's traumas of modernity and history in diasporic Sai Gon and Phnom Penh. (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Southern California. Retrieved from http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15799coll3/id/217182/rec/5579

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Lê, Việt Hồ. “Return engagement: contemporary art's traumas of modernity and history in diasporic Sai Gon and Phnom Penh.” 2013. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Southern California. Accessed October 26, 2020. http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15799coll3/id/217182/rec/5579.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Lê, Việt Hồ. “Return engagement: contemporary art's traumas of modernity and history in diasporic Sai Gon and Phnom Penh.” 2013. Web. 26 Oct 2020.

Vancouver:

Lê VH. Return engagement: contemporary art's traumas of modernity and history in diasporic Sai Gon and Phnom Penh. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Southern California; 2013. [cited 2020 Oct 26]. Available from: http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15799coll3/id/217182/rec/5579.

Council of Science Editors:

Lê VH. Return engagement: contemporary art's traumas of modernity and history in diasporic Sai Gon and Phnom Penh. [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of Southern California; 2013. Available from: http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15799coll3/id/217182/rec/5579

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