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Drawing New Color LinesTransnational Asian American Graphic Narratives$
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Monica Chiu

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139385

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139385.001.0001

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A Moment Outside of Time

A Moment Outside of Time

The Visual Life of Homosexuality and Race in Tamaki and Tamaki’s Skim

(p.26) (p.27) 1 A Moment Outside of Time
Drawing New Color Lines

Monica Chiu

Hong Kong University Press

Chapter 1 avers that Skim’s visual conventions are non-prose, textual interventions into social heteronormativity and race. The narrative’s strategically engineered visual interruptions demand that the reader stop at key textual moments, moments outside of diegetic time, to appreciate homosexual encounters or subtle forms of racial discrimination that are present in the illustrations but absent in the novel’s prose. Images “speak” more loudly than prose, driving a narrative in which homosexual encounters become fantastic, meaning both potentially fictional and irrepressible, and race emerges as Skim’s salient, but textually silent, difference in stark contrast to her blonde-haired, blue-eyed peers.

Keywords:   Asian American, Graphic novels, Comic Artists, Race, Asia, America, Caricatures, Manga, Visual studies

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