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Bruce and Norman Yonemoto

Long Beach Museum of Art

Bruce and Norman Yonemoto’s videotape Green Card: An American Romance is intended as an exposé of the way in which the media mediates our reality, and an indictment of the myths of love and marriage, and of national and sexual identity, wholesaled by television and the movies. While it shares its target, and its cast, with Based on Romance and An Impotent Metaphor, the first two installments in the Yonemotos’ “Soap Opera Series,” Green Card differs from its predecessors; the most “Hollywood” of the series and not coincidentally the least polemical, it is a straight narrative, a story—or rather a screenplay.

More correctly, it is a collection of screenplays. The dialogue is a pastiche of not-quite-identifiable quotes spoken as though still within quotation marks: “Make her see your love is strong enough for the both of you,” and even “Hold me, never let me go.” The visuals and the background

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