Narratives of Diaspora: Representations of Asia in Chinese American Literature

Hardcover | December 18, 2013

byWalter S. H. Lim

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In Chinese American literature, countries such as China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore are experienced as well as imagined - experienced because some authors were born in Asia and have first-hand acquaintance with life in their birth-country, imagined because all representation inscribes ideological bias. For US-born authors of Chinese descent, Asia is often imagined with the help of parental stories, reading and research, and awareness of US political involvement and military activities in Asia. For naturalized Chinese American authors, Asia is the site of memories, often manifested as nostalgia or as interrogation and critique. Walter S.H. Lim explores how and why different Chinese American authors arrive at their choice of literary subject-matter and what this choice reveals about the cultural politics of national identity and belonging. Tracing the development of the literary production of Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, Lisa See, and Russell Leong, among others, this study captures the effects of international politics and globalization on Chinese American diasporic consciousness.

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In Chinese American literature, countries such as China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore are experienced as well as imagined - experienced because some authors were born in Asia and have first-hand acquaintance with life in their birth-country, imagined because all representation inscribes ideological bias. For US-born auth...

Walter S. H. Lim is Associate Professor of English Literature at the National University of Singapore. He is the author of The Arts of Empire: The Poetics of Colonialism from Ralegh to Milton (1998) and John Milton, Radical Politics, and Biblical Republicanism (2006), as well as co-editor of The English Renaissance, Orientalism, and t...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 11.13 × 5.65 × 0.49 inPublished:December 18, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The Sino-Japanese War and Chinese History in Amy Tan's Novels and Lisa See's Shanghai Girls
2. The Vietnam War and the Cultural Politics of Loyalty in Maxine Hong Kingston's The Fifth Book of Peace
3. Sexual Politics, Buddhism, and Transnationalism in Russell Leong's The Country of Dreams and Dust and Phoenix Eyes
4. Writing Exile and Diaspora in Li-Young Lee's The Winged Seed and The City in which I Love You
5. Postcolonial Southeast Asian Transnationalism in Shirley Geok-lin Lim's Among the White Moon Faces and Sister Swing
6. Writing Communist China and the Politics of Diasporic Identity: Ha Jin, Anchee Min, Lien Chao, and Lisa See
Conclusion: Chinese American Literature in the Twenty-First Century