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Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet: Minh-Ha T. Pham, Arabelle Sicardi, and Thuy Linh Tu

Copresented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and Asian American Writers’ Workshop

Rumi Neely. Susie Bubble. Bryanboy. Asian superbloggers dominate the internet. In Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet: Race, Gender, and the Work of Personal Style Blogging (Duke University Press, 2015), Minh-Ha T. Pham examines the phenomenal rise of elite Asian style bloggers who have made a career of posting photographs of themselves wearing clothes on the internet. NYU Associate Professor Thuy Linh Tu (The Beautiful Generation: Asian Americans and the Cultural Economy of Fashion) and beauty and fashion politics blogger Arabelle Sicardi (Teen Vogue and ROOKIE, among many outlets) join Pham in a discussion on “Asian taste,” racialized eliteness, and the digital fashion economy.


Minh-Ha T. Pham is Assistant Professor in the Graduate Media Studies Program at the Pratt Institute. Her research has been featured in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Atlantic, the San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, NPR, Jezebel, and the Huffington Post.

Arabelle Sicardi is a freelance beauty writer for Teen Vogue, PAPER magazine, Nylon, ELLE, Racked, ROOKIE, etc. Most of her freelance stuff is collected on this page if you want an archive. She writes about beauty and fashion politics. She haunts dark corners of New York.

Thuy Linh Tu is director of the American Studies Program and assistant professor in NYU’s Department of Social & Cultural Analysis. Her research interests include Asian American studies, popular/visual studies, and immigration and labor studies. She is the author of The Beautiful Generation: Asian Americans and the Cultural Economy of Fashion (Duke University Press, 2011) and coeditor of Alien Encounters: Popular Culture in Asian America (Duke University Press, 2007) and TechniColor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life (NYU Press, 2001).

Organizer: A/P/A Institute at NYU
Venue: Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, Suite 600
New York, NY 10001 United States
Website: www.aaww.org
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