Sad Asian Girls and Collaborative Auto Assemblage: Mobilising Cross-Platform Collective Life Narratives
Design students Esther Fan and Olivia Park created the Sad Asian Girls Club (SAGC) as an online community platform for artistic self-expression with a political mission. This chapter considers how the SAGC used multiple digital platforms (a Tumblr blog, a Twitter account, a YouTube channel, an Instagram account, and a print magazine) to mobilise collective and collaborative life narrative that aims to intervene in pervasive stereotypes of Asian girls and women. I consider the SAGC blog’s engagement with the cultural politics of speech, language, and silence through activist practices of “speaking back” through art and media.
This chapter considers how Fan and Park facilitated community-driven automedial practices and used online networks to coax, create, assemble, and deploy a collective, cross-platform genre of collaborative automedia.
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