Sexual Affronts and Racial Frontiers French Indochina and the Lover

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Sexual Affronts and Racial Frontiers, European Identities and the Cultural Politics of Exclusion in Colonial Southeast Asia. Ann Laura Stoler & Race and the Education of Desire, Fauoult’s History of Sexuality and the Colonial Order of Things. Ann Laura Stoler Introduction We will be presenting two essays by Ann Laura Stoler. The first essay, “Race and the Education of Desire”, Foucault’s history of sexuality discusses class, race and desire in terms of family and state regulations which are identified as the moral [bourgeois] code in the colonial context of Indochina. The second essay, Sexual Affronts and Racial Frontiers, European Identities and the Cultural Politics of Exclusion in Colonial Southeast Asia is focused on the…show more content…
Their weakness became their strength, a strategy to protect the purity of their culture. “No two of me four of me. You don’t know how weak I am” In the geographical setting of French Indochina… I will mention how sexuality plays a crucial role on creating and confusing colonial categories. The French film “The Lover” provides us with a creative insight to see, as Stoler describes, those who “ambiguously straddled, crossed, and threatened” the imperial divides. I will look closely at the story of “metissage” and mention the generation that emerged from it : “metis” in colonial context at the turn of the century. This will bring us to an overall view of how gender and race intertwined, how racial frontiers are created with respect to sexualities. And how much they mattered… "For general Western spectatorship, Vietnam does not exist outside of the war. And she no longer exists since the war has ended, except as a name, an exemplary model of revolution, or a nostalgic cult object for those who, while admiring unconditionally the revolution, do not seem to take any genuine, sustained interest in the troubled reality of Vietnam in her social and cultural autonomy. The more Vietnam is mystified, the more invisible she becomes." (Trinh T. Minh-ha, When the Moon Waxes Red, 100) Sexual Affronts - European Identities and the Cultural Politics of Exclusion in Colonial Southeast Asia “The neat boundaries of the colonial rule” were maintained by referring to the

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