Ju Yon Kim’s The Racial Mundane: Asian American Performance and the Embodied Everyday is a carefully constructed study of the relationship between the performance of everyday life and the making and unmaking of racial reality in and across the Asian American body. Defining “the racial mundane” as “habitual, quotidian behaviors that come to exemplify the possibility and the limits of crossing racial boundaries” (177), Kim explores a host of registers through which the performance of everyday life contributes to racial formation, focusing on daily routines, collective rituals, cross-racial performances of daily life, and quotidian performances of racial counter-identification.

The Racial Mundane largely conceives of performance...

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