College of Liberal Arts

Author Discusses Asian Americans and the Cultural Economy of Fashion

Wednesday Oct 5, 2011 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM | T. S. Painter Hall (PAI) Room 3.02

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Thuy Linh Tu, a professor at New York University, uses interdisciplinary approaches to critique the fashion industry and the complex engagement of Asians—as designers, tropes, workers, icons—in the business and culture that emanates.

Asian Americans are now leaders in the fashion industry--as demonstrated by boldface names like Philip Lim, Thakoon Panichgul, Doo-Ri Chung, and Jason Wu—whose successes were made possible by the presence of Asian immigrants in garment production.

Thuy Linh Tu’s "The Beautiful Generation" explains how designer clothing, the lives and labors that make it possible, and New York City, where it thrived and which it ultimately transformed, became connected and animated by a series of ethnic networks just barely visible under the glaring lights of fashion.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Asian American Studies, American Studies and the School of Human Ecology.

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