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Christopher Woon

Christopher Woon is a documentary filmmaker, musician, and educator who currently lives in Seattle. He made his documentary feature directorial debut with the film Among B­Boys in 2011, a film that has shown nationally on the PBS World network. He has a passion for uncovering Asian American narratives, and currently works as a freelance filmmaker for the Seattle Channel and various clients while serving as the Seattle Asian American Film Festival’s Programming Manager. 

“Digital Prosumers Vocalize Identity”
This panel is interested in how digital media and mobile technologies have enabled musicians and fans to navigate the restrictions of social location.  Against the liberal humanism that presumes music a universal mode of expression, the three presentations of this panel take queer of color and women of color feminist analytics to illuminate the racialized and sexualized scripts underwriting popular music performances, genres, and spaces.  Working in the varied and often embattled genres of pop, indie rock, and R&B, the papers of this panel acknowledge that digital technologies have enabled consumers to act also as cultural producers, and argue that this shift has invited modes of silencing and expression that are simultaneously novel and preexisting.  Collectively, we ask: How has 21st century digital prosumption enabled those at the margins of the musical marketplace to negotiate racial and sexual identifications and desires?  Jessica Pruett begins by examining how lesbian-identified One Direction fans’ posts on the blogging platform Tumblr challenge monolithic images of the white, heterosexual girl-fan.  Douglas Ishii continues this inquiry by interrogating the philic and phobic relations between whiteness, Blackness, and Asian American identity in Daniel Destin Cretton’s film about the decaying indie rock scene, I Am Not a Hipster (2012).  Elaine Andres concludes by analyzing Jhene Aiko’s line, “He gotta eat the booty like groceries,” and its reception in radio and social media, as an articulation of race-based sexual politics based on Aiko’s multiracial Black/Asian body.  This session will be moderated by Seattle-based musician and director Christopher PaperSon Woon, whose independent documentaries on hip-hop engage the same issues of digital media, difference, and community that this panel aims to engage.

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