Author Archives: A. Naomi Paik

About A. Naomi Paik

A. Naomi Paik is assistant professor of Asian American studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her book Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) received the 2018 Best Book in History Award from the Association for Asian American Studies and was a finalist for the 2017 John Hope Franklin Prize for best book in American studies from the American Studies Association. She has published essays in Social Text, Radical History Review, Cultural Dynamics, and Race & Class and in the edited collection Guantánamo and the Empire of Freedom.

Representing the Disappeared Body: Videos of Force-Feedings at Guantánamo

Abstract: This article focuses on the force-feedings inflicted on Guantánamo detainees and the efforts to make visible their violence visually and legally. It examines three visual representations of the force-feedings: a government video demonstrating the feedings on an absent body; a video produced by the legal charity Reprieve demonstrating the feedings on hip-hop star Yasiin Bey; and the videos recording the actual feedings of hunger striker Abu Wa’el Dhiab, whose legal case first revealed the existence of these videos. The majority of the article centers Continue reading → Continue reading →