Feminist Subversions: Comedy and the Carnivalesque

Eleanor Ty

in Unfastened

Published by University of Minnesota Press

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780816665075
Published online August 2015 | e-ISBN: 9781452946368 | DOI:
Feminist Subversions: Comedy and the Carnivalesque

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This chapter examines Nina Aquino and Nadine Villasin’s play Miss Orient(ed) and Deepa Mehta’s film Bollywood/Hollywood (2002). These works use humor, irony, and parody to question and challenge the insidious effects of global American culture on Asians, particularly those in the North American diaspora. Miss Orient(ed) reveals the ways in which contemporary Filipinas have been stereotyped, socialized, misconceptualized, and misoriented. In Bollywood/Hollywood, Mehta uses a seemingly lightweight musical comedy rather than a dramatic art house film to respond to some of the prevailing racial, socioeconomic, and gender ideologies in contemporary North American culture.

Keywords: Nina Aquino; Nadine Villasin; Miss Orient(ed); Deepa Mehta; Bollywood/Hollywood; global American culture; contemporary Filipinas; contemporary North American culture

Chapter.  9109 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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