Monday, May 6 at 3:30pm to 5:00pm
The Department of Asian American Studies presents:
Dr. Jacob Lau
"Chronicles of Dissent: Respect After Death, Trans-Temporality, and Christopher Lee's Archives of Contest"
Grounded in queer of color critique and postcolonial approaches in historicism, this talk utilizes Dr. Lau's methodology of trans-temporality to navigate the archives of mixed race Chinese American trans man Christopher Lee. Lee was one of the first filmmakers documenting transmasculine people of color in the Bay Area, he confounded the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival in 997, and his misgendering after death sparked the passage of California's Respect After Death Act (2014) allowing for the revision of gender identity makers on death certificates posthumously. Dr. Lau will read Lee's autoethnographic documentary Christopher's Chronicles: Christopher Does Dallas (1997) trans-temporally, demonstrating how dissenting narratives within the film align with legacies of Asian American Critique, refusing and contesting a reliance on legibility and visibility as processes for trans of color acceptance and safety.