Emmanuel David, 2022–23 | National Humanities Center

Emmanuel David (NHC Fellow, 2022–23)

Project Title

Trans-American Orientalism: The Asia-Pacific Encounters of Transgender Pioneer Christine Jorgensen, 1961–1969

University of Colorado Boulder

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Fellowship Work Summary, 2022–23

Emmanuel David drafted several chapters of his book project, tentatively titled Trans-American Orientalism, about transgender pioneer Christine Jorgensen and her performance tour across Asia and the Pacific in the early 1960s. He also completed an article, “Sonic Transness: Christine Jorgensen’s Vocal Performance in Kaming Mga Talyada (We Who Are Sexy),” published in American Quarterly.