Trans Exploits

Trans of Color Cultures and Technologies in Movement

Trans Exploits

ANIMA: Critical Race Studies Otherwise

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Book Pages: 200 Illustrations: Published: November 2019

Author: Jian Neo Chen

Asian American Studies, Gender and Sexuality > Trans Studies, Media Studies

In Trans Exploits Jian Neo Chen explores the cultural practices created by trans and gender-nonconforming artists and activists of color. They argue for a radical rethinking of the policies and technologies of racial gendering and assimilative social programming that have divided LGBT communities and communities of color along the lines of gender, sexuality, class, immigration status, and ability. Focusing on performance, film/video, literature, digital media, and other forms of cultural expression and activism that track the displaced emergences of trans people of color, Chen highlights the complex and varied responses by trans communities to their social dispossession. Through these responses, trans of color cultural workers such as performance artist Yozmit, writer Janet Mock, and organizer Jennicet Gutiérrez challenge dominating perceptions and institutions that kill, confine, police, and discipline trans people.


“Jian Neo Chen's book Trans Exploits is essential because it centers and uplifts trans people of color. This work is critical because it highlights the contributions and impact of trans people of color and their influence in shaping our culture, politics, and movement.” — Jennicet Gutiérrez, Trans Latinx Activist

"In Trans Exploits, Jian Neo Chen focuses on the foundational and ongoing racial displacement of trans people of color from systems of white supremacy, cis-hetero-patriarchy, and white trans communities. Through conversations with a diverse range of artists and activists, Chen explores a rich series of cases in which trans people of color use digital media to create new expressive spaces and comment upon their displacement. This book will be important for a wide range of fields, including cinema and media studies and trans of color critique. ” — C. Riley Snorton, author of Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity


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Jian Neo Chen is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University.

Table of Contents Back to Top
Acknowledgments  ix
Introduction. Racial Trans Technologies  1
1. Cultures: Performing Racial Trans Senses  30
2. Networks: TRANScoding Biogenetics and Orgasm in the Transnational Digital Economy  59
3. Memory: The Times and Territories of Trans Women of Color Becoming  75
4. Movement: Trans and Gender Nonconforming Digital Activisms and U.S. Transnational Empire  101
Conclusion. Trans Voice in the House  135
Notes  149
References  157
Index  173
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Finalist, 2020 Lambda Literary Award (Lammy) in the LGBTQ Studies category

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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-0087-7 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-0066-2
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