Playing with stereotypes and building a queer community : race, sexuality and the stand-up comedy of Margaret Cho

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2006-05

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Yang, Yi-fen, 1979-

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This project interrogates stand-up comedian Margaret Cho’s queer community-building and cross-identification with her queer fans through her performance of sexual and racial stereotypes, including the fag hag, the Asian American immigrant, and the black drag queen. A close look at Cho’s work in this respect reveals the efficacy, limitations, and risks of the performance of stereotypes, as well as stand-up comedy and popular entertainment in general, in serving as a site that promotes community-building and challenges sexual, racial, gender, and class oppressions.

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