Ho Tam

The Yellow Pages

1996
Arranged in twenty-six segments from A to Z, Ho Tam's "The Yellow Pages" is a playful yet satirical critique of popular representations of Asia and Asian people as depicted in Western media. Through the juxtaposition of highly charged imagery and text relating to events such as the building of the Canadian railroads by Chinese labourers, the bombings of Hiroshima, and the Korean War with those from Western pop culture and kitsch sources, Tam's work reads as a dictionary of stereotypes. Each pairing of image and text both draws out the constructed nature of such typecasting and highlights the discrepancies between these stereotypes and the lived realities of past and present generations of Asian people in North America.
Artist
Title
The Yellow Pages
Date
1996
Medium
Time-Based Media
Materials
silent videotape, 7:45 minutes on betacam SP sub-master
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Deposit of the video collection of Art Metropole, Toronto, 1997
Accession number
38975