Attack of the Man-Eating Lotus Blossoms - Justin Chin
As a performance artist, ustin Chin has created eight full-length solo performance works and several shorter works, which have been presented nationally and abroad. Attack of the Man-Eating Lotus Blossoms is a collection of these performance art texts, along with documents and scripts, that represent Chin's work from 1993-2001
Whether playing native, tourist, or other, Chin questions our--as well as his own--assumptions, prejudices, and consumption of cultural beings and commodities. These works explore themes of sexuality, of Asian and of queer bodies, hybrid forms of culture, belonging, and the loss, recovery, and reconstruction of te home, homeland, and history. These works are by turns cooly ironic, or bratty and comic, or poignant and mournful, or unbelievably borderline psychotic.
Justin Chin is the author of two collections of poetry, Harmless Medicine and Bite Hard, and two collections of essays, Burden of Ahes and Mongrel: Essays, Diatribes and Pranks. Chin's writings have also been anthologized widely, most notably in The Outlaw's Bible of American Poetry, American Poetry: The Next Generation, and The World in Us: Lesbian and Gay Poetry of the Next Wave, among others. He lives in San Francisco.