Queer Suburban Imaginaries



The following interview is an excerpt of the conversation the Funambulist hosted with Karen Tongson for its podcast, Archipelago. Recorded in a cheap hotel’s lobby in Oakland, CA, it sometimes offers live instances of what Karen describes in her book Relocations (NYU Press, 2011). Based on both teenagehood memories and academic research, her work proposes a vision of the Los Angeles suburbs that goes beyond the usual imaginary of a White heteronormative living space.