The Kung Flu
Two-channel lecture-performance video, 21 min on loop, stereo sound, 2021
Commissioned by Han Nefkens Foundation
The title of the work is inspired by a phrase created by the then US president, Donald Trump, during his 2020 presidential campaign. A cunning blend of racial stereotyping and discrimination, the phrase became a sensation and was rapidly circulated via streaming media, deepening the Western world’s prejudices against the Asian communities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular, the speculation of Asians as virus carriers. At this point, the notion of the “sick man of East Asia” has truly evolved from a politically critical phrase at its birth into a racial imagination implying innate biological flaws. The Kung Flu adopts the form of a lecture-performance video in the attempt to deconstruct the association between the virus, kung fu stereotype and image while further discussing the problem of racial discrimination in Asia, especially in Taiwan.
作品名稱來自於2020年時任美國總統的唐納·川普於競選演說中所創造的詞彙。該詞彙巧妙地結合種族刻板印象與歧視，並透過串流媒體迅速傳播，加深了西方世界因肺炎疫情擴散而對亞裔族群持有的偏見，尤其是亞洲人作為病毒帶原者的臆說。至此，「東亞病夫」的概念已從原初的政治性批判術語，突變而真正成為一種帶有生理缺陷的種族想像。作品《功夫流感》透過表演說錄像（Lecture Performance Video）的形式，嘗試解構病毒、工夫刻板印象與影像的關聯性，並延伸探討了發生在亞洲，尤其是臺灣自身的種族歧視問題。