ling-wen tsai performance
Ling-Ling: Asian Friend of Barbie, life-size doll box and accessory, 1999
I use Barbie, one of the ideal female iconography in American popular culture, to symbolize the social and geographical context that I situated myself in, and Ling-Ling, the Asian friend of Barbie, as a stereotypical representation of Asian female. The doll box functions as a vehicle of the migration from Asia to the United States. The change of one's locale has made one become exotic or the other. The question of exoticism and the sense of alienation and displacement were the inspiration for this performance.