Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: On The Social And Psychic Lives Of Asian Americans by David L. EngRacial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: On The Social And Psychic Lives Of Asian Americans by David L. Eng

Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: On The Social And Psychic Lives Of Asian Americans

byDavid L. Eng, Shinhee Han

Paperback | January 4, 2019

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In Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation critic David L. Eng and psychotherapist Shinhee Han draw on case histories from the mid-1990s to the present to explore the social and psychic predicaments of Asian American young adults from Generation X to Generation Y. Combining critical race theory with several strands of psychoanalytic thought, they develop the concepts of racial melancholia and racial dissociation to investigate changing processes of loss associated with immigration, displacement, diaspora, and assimilation. These case studies of first- and second-generation Asian Americans deal with a range of difficulties, from depression, suicide, and the politics of coming out to broader issues of the model minority stereotype, transnational adoption, parachute children, colorblind discourses in the United States, and the rise of Asia under globalization. Throughout, Eng and Han link psychoanalysis to larger structural and historical phenomena, illuminating how the study of psychic processes of individuals can inform investigations of race, sexuality, and immigration while creating a more sustained conversation about the social lives of Asian Americans and Asians in the diaspora.
David L. Eng is Richard L. Fisher Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Shinhee Han is a psychotherapist at The New School and in private practice in New York City.
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Title:Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: On The Social And Psychic Lives Of Asian AmericansFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 4, 2019Publisher:Duke University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1478001607

ISBN - 13:9781478001607

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The History of the (Racial) Subject and the Subject of (Racial) History
Part I: Racial Melancholia
1. Racial Melancholia: Model Minorities, Depression, and Suicide
2. Desegregating Love: Transnational Adoption, Racial Reparation, and Racial Transnational Objects
Part II. Racial Dissociation
3. Racial Dissociation: Parachute Children and Psychic Nowhere
4. (Gay) Panic Attack: Coming Out in a Colorblind Age
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

“A most illuminating and productive dialogue about the dark side of the model minority stereotype, where theory meets practice, the social meets the personal, and the material meets the psychic. David L. Eng and Shinhee Han have given us new ways to think about the problems facing Asian American students, including their disturbing rate of suicide on college campuses.”