Video

Aura

Ming Yuen S. Ma

1991, 07:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English

TAPECODE 012.00

What is the relationship between Asian drag queens and muscle boys at the Mr. and Ms. GAPA 1991 competition and Chinese poetry written during the Tang dynasty? Why is it that Thara Saikaku's passages from "The Great Mirror of Male Love" describing the clothing of Kabuki boy actors seems so fitting for drag divas on the runway? What is the significance when contemporary Asian gay men dress up in costumes that seem more out of Hollywood than Beijing? How do you say An Ling, Mizi Hia or Sodeoka? Is this deconstruction, appropriation, or just over-kill? Find the answers in Aura - a deconstructed music video featuring Asian drag queens, Chinese & Japanese poetry and house music. Effects- ridden and totally overdone; a somewhat frivolous exploration of gender, identity, tradition and glamour.

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