Translating Happenings: Frog King Kwok’s Abject Play

Yu-Chieh LI*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Focusing on Frog King Kwok’s performative work Hark Bun Lum in the 1970s and 1980s, this paper looks at the idea of the abject as an art form and an identarian performance. The abject in Kwok’s practice refers to both transformative material and process, as well as how it mirrors his peripheral status as an outcast in the New York art scene. The abject elements, such as burnt material, carcasses, and cheap plastic bags, form the basis of audience participation, and how identity is performed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-440
Number of pages24
JournalArt in Translation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Frog King Kwok
  • abject
  • happenings
  • performance
  • environment
  • assemblages
  • Asian American movement
  • Hark Bun Lum


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