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Immigrant subjectivities in Asian American and Asian diaspora literatures

Author: Sheng-mei Ma
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book opens with an interrogation of the representation of immigrants in Asian American and, to a lesser extent, Asian Diaspora literatures, including works by such writers as Maxine Hong Kingston, Frank Chin, Amy Tan, and Bharati Mukherjee. Immigrant subjectivities in these texts are frequently subsumed in the urgent need to self-fashion an Asian American identity, and take the peculiar form of "immigrant  Read more...
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Ma, Sheng-mei.
Immigrant subjectivities in Asian American and Asian diaspora literatures.
Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1998
(DLC) 97030819
(OCoLC)37398010
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sheng-mei Ma
ISBN: 0585090335 9780585090337
OCLC Number: 42628668
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 188 pages)
Contents: Introduction: Ideology and the Representation of Immigrant 1 --
Part 1. The Representation of the Asian Other --
Part 2. Immigrant Subjectivity through Eroticism --
Part 3. Immigrant Self-Representation.
Other Titles: Immigrant subjectivities
Responsibility: Sheng-mei Ma.

Abstract:

This book opens with an interrogation of the representation of immigrants in Asian American and, to a lesser extent, Asian Diaspora literatures, including works by such writers as Maxine Hong Kingston, Frank Chin, Amy Tan, and Bharati Mukherjee. Immigrant subjectivities in these texts are frequently subsumed in the urgent need to self-fashion an Asian American identity, and take the peculiar form of "immigrant schizophrenic." Ma also explores how the drive to "claim America" manifests itself as an eroticization of white bodies in male immigrant and minority writers. He then directs his attention to immigrant self-representation from the unique yet representative positionality of Taiwanese immigrants, as found in overseas student literature and in the recent films of Ang Lee. With a contrapuntal reading of the portrayal of immigrants in Asian American and Asian Diaspora literatures, this book maps out a terrain largely uncharted by scholars of various disciplines.

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