Bottomhood Is Powerful: Talk and Screening by Nguyen Tan Hoang

Presented by the Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies
October 15, 2013, 6:15–7:30 pm
Florence and Leo B. Helzel Boardroom, San Francisco Campus

Free and open to the Public

More info: Kate Angelo,, 415.551.9251

"Bottomhood Is Powerful: Asian American Sexual Positioning" advances the concept of gay Asian bottomhood. The talk by Nguyen Tan Hoang examines the ways that anal erotics and bottom positioning refract the meanings of race, gender, sexuality, and nationality in American culture.

Hoang suggests that bottomhood simultaneously enables and constrains Asian American men in moving-image media. Gay male video pornography and sex-cruising websites constitute case studies.

The talk will be supplemented by a short video screening, followed by a Q&A with Dredge Byung'chu Käng.

Nguyen Tan Hoang is assistant professor of English & Film Studies at Bryn Mawr College. His videos "K.I.P, PIRATED!" and "Forever Bottom!" have screened at MoMA, The Getty Center, and the Georges Pompidou Center.

His writings have appeared in Porn Studies, Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular and Resolutions 3: Video Praxis in Global Spaces. Hoang’s book A View from the Bottom is forthcoming from Duke University Press.

Dredge Byung'chu Käng, MA is a PhD/MPH candidate in anthropology and global epidemiology at Emory University. His research focuses on homosexuality and transgenderism, sex work, transnational relationships, popular culture flows, and Asian regionalism in contemporary Thailand.

Dredge has published on Thai queer media and art, transgenderism, and HIV. He has several forthcoming articles and book chapters on gender/sexuality and K-pop cover dance in Thailand.