The sexualization of Blackness in China: Race, counter-images, and hypervisibility

dc.contributor.advisorBender, Ashley
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLackey, Dundee
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBarker, Jaime
dc.creatorAmos, Ch'Nell
dc.date.accessioned2023-03-06T20:37:54Z
dc.date.created2022-08
dc.date.issued2022-08-01T05:00:00.000Z
dc.date.submittedAug-22
dc.date.updated2023-03-06T20:37:55Z
dc.description.abstractEncounters between Black women and citizens of China are marred by physical assaults, sexualization, and exoticism—masked as curiosity—and carried out physically through excessive photos and touching of their skin and hair. This study examines the hypervisibility and invisibility of Black women in China using iconographic tracking to examine how image events of Black women move and mean throughout China. An analysis of 100 descriptions of encounters between Black women and Chinese citizens recorded via social media platforms and web-based blogs. Black women in China experience hypervisibility in society and the media, but invisibility in research and laws for their protections, which can generate psychological distress. They respond in the following ways: (1) Did Nothing (includes counter-images as an automatic action but not reactive response); (2) Acceptance, (3) Embrace the ‘Celebrity’, (4) Outward Expressions of Annoyance, (4) Laughed them off, and (5) Set Boundaries. Although Chinese citizens and Black women do not always recognize hypersexualized encounters as assault, I aim to give language to the phenomena.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/11274/14611
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectLanguage, Rhetoric and Composition
dc.subjectSociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies
dc.subjectWomen's Studies
dc.subject.otherAfrican American studies; Asian studies; Hypervisibility; Iconographic tracking; Visual rhetoric; China; Black; Epistolary; Sexotic; Invisibility; Narrative inquiry; Counter-narrative
dc.titleThe sexualization of Blackness in China: Race, counter-images, and hypervisibility
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
local.embargo.lift2024-08-01T00:00:00Z
local.embargo.terms2024-08-01T00:00:00.000-05
thesis.degree.collegeCollege of Arts and Sciences
thesis.degree.departmentLanguage, Culture, and Gender Studies
thesis.degree.grantorTexas Woman's University
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Art
thesis.degree.programAPA 7th edition

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