A – Y

: Of ‘British Chinese’ Art

Thesis submitted towards a combined practice/theory PhD in Fine Art with Aavaa (the African and Asian Visual Artists Archive, co-directed by David A.Bailey and Sonia Boyce) at the University of East London. Begun in 1997 as a full-time HEFCE-funded doctoral research post uniquely appointed to the archive, A – Y… was completed (after various diversions) in 2004

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CONTENTS

4 Acknowledgements

5 Abstract

6 Introduction

(False Starts)

Writing (In Practice)

13 A – Y

YBBAACYRWBWA?
Asian Flew
B(B)Cs et al (Looking ‘West’, or North)
(… Looking ‘East’, or South East)
Managing Diversity
Playing the Other
We Are Not What We Are

38 Take Outs

How to Wave Flags
Inglorious Food
Service Not Included
Assimulations (sic)

55 Outtakes

Cutting In
Acting Out
Setting Up
Making Of
Martial Art

77 Translators’ Notes

Interrupted Transmission
Pidgin, Pigeon
Chinglish Pinyin Engrish
Home

Interval

95 Cinema Interval

Practice (In Writing)

100 Back Words

Trails
Undoing
Dealing
Siting, Sightless
Return

120 Conclusion

(Of Sorts, and Sorties)

122 Bibliography

131 Appendices

A. ‘Anthony Key,’ Empire and I, exhibition catalogue (London: Terra Incognita, 1999)
B, ‘Staging / Translating: Surname Viet Given Name Nam,’ Third Text, no.46, Spring 1999
C. ‘Trinh T. Minh-ha: Cinema Interval,’ parallax, no.19, 2001
D. ‘Inglorious Food,’ Anthony Key, exhibition catalogue (Bristol: Eddie Chambers, 2002)
E. A – Y,’ Third Text, no.62, March 2003
F. ‘Cruel/Loving Bodies,’ Cruel/Loving Bodies, exhibition catalogue (Shanghai: Duolun Museum of Modern Art, 2004)

170 List of Illustrations

175 Illustrations

Other Writing