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READ: Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet: Race, Gender, and the Work of Personal Style Blogging by Minh-Hà T. Phạm

Street style photo of Asian woman -cover of Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet Book

No, this is not a book about fashion bloggers. It is about the cultural phenomenon of fashion bloggers. Have you ever considered the origins of social media ‘influencers’? This book is particularly interesting in such a digital-heavy time, as we all are consuming even more content online from being stuck inside. Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet is a critical investigation of the undervalued work Asian fashion bloggers do, what “Asian taste” means in the early twenty-first century, and the fashion public and industry’s interest in certain kinds of racialized eliteness.

About the Author:

Minh-Ha T. Pham is an Associate Professor in the Graduate Program in Media Studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Her research examines fashion labor and power in the contexts of global and digital capitalism. Her writings on the subject have appeared in a wide range of scholarly and mainstream publications including The Nation, New York Times, Social Text, American Quarterly, Jacobin, and The Atlantic. 

From the Publisher: In the first ever book devoted to a critical investigation of the personal style blogosphere, Minh-Ha T. Pham examines the phenomenal rise of elite Asian bloggers who have made a career of posting photographs of themselves wearing clothes on the Internet. Pham understands their online activities as “taste work” practices that generate myriad forms of capital for superbloggers and the brands they feature. A multifaceted and detailed analysis, Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet addresses questions concerning the status and meaning of “Asian taste” in the early twenty-first century, the kinds of cultural and economic work Asian tastes do, and the fashion public and industry’s appetite for certain kinds of racialized eliteness. Situating blogging within the historical context of gendered and racialized fashion work while being attentive to the broader cultural, technological, and economic shifts in global consumer capitalism, Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet has profound implications for understanding the changing and enduring dynamics of race, gender, and class in shaping some of the most popular work practices and spaces of the digital fashion media economy.

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