Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora

Hardcover | November 13, 2013

EditorIsabelle Thuy Pelaud, Lan Duong, Mariam B. Lam

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Third place in the Association for Borderlands Studies Best Book Award

Pairing image and text, Troubling Borders showcases creative writing and visual artworks by sixty-one women of Vietnamese, Cambodian, Lao, Thai, and Filipino ancestry. The collection features compelling storytelling that troubles the borders of categorization and reflects the multilayered experience of Southeast Asian women.

The diverse voices featured here have been shaped by colonization, wars, globalization, and militarization. For some of these women on the margins of the margin, crafting and showing their work is a bold act in itself. Their provocative and accessible creations tell unique stories, provide a sharp contrast to familiar stereotypes - Southeast Asian women as exotic sex symbols, dragon ladies, prostitutes, and "bar girls"—and serve as entry points for broader discussions on questions of history, memory, and identity.

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Third place in the Association for Borderlands Studies Best Book AwardPairing image and text, Troubling Borders showcases creative writing and visual artworks by sixty-one women of Vietnamese, Cambodian, Lao, Thai, and Filipino ancestry. The collection features compelling storytelling that troubles the borders of categorization and re...

Isabelle Thuy Pelaud is associate professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University; Lan Duong is associate professor of media and cultural studies at the University of California, Riverside; Mariam B. Lam is associate professor of comparative literature, media and cultural studies, and director of Southeast Asian s...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:284 pages, 10 × 7 × 1 inPublished:November 13, 2013Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295993197

ISBN - 13:9780295993195

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Table of Contents

Preface by Shirley Geok-lin Lim

Acknowledgments

Introduction by Mariam B. Lam, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Lan Duong, and Kathy L. Nguyen

PART 1 Wombs and Wounds: Family Relations in the Diaspora

Karen Llagas, OpenVi Ly, Terrain 15 and Terrain 17Karen Llagas, ManananggalVi Ly, Postpartum #5Phayvanh Luekhamhan, Rubber BandsAnn Phong, MendingAnh-Hoa Thi Nguyen, Mother ShellAnh-Hoa Thi Nguyen, Flesh of My FleshLinda Saphan, TogethernessAnh-Hoa Thi Nguyen, 30Diep Tran, VisitationJulie Thi Underhill, Tra Cang MonasteryDiep Tran, SchoolsDiep Tran, Tet 1976Kao Lee Thao, Way of LifeAnh-Thu Ngo, Profile of the Life TreeJulie Thi Underhill, GrandmaHeang Ly, The Lotus GiftAmy Lee Sanford, BrokenTran Mong Tu, Letter after ThanksgivingKou Vang, WidowPhayvanh Luekhamhan, April, 1993Kao Lee Thao, YukaiPhayvanh Luekhamhan, Foreman v. MoorerAmy Lee Sanford, SuspendedPhet Mahathongdy, Mother LoveAnne Le, SpoolPhuong M. Do, Self and AuntsChristilily Chiv, My Mother’s Hands BleedKou Vang, Letter from LaosMay Lee-Yang, Correspondence from LaosTran T. Kim-Trang, Still from Epilogue: The Palpable Invisibility of Life

PART 2 Coming to Voice: Language, Writing, Literacy

Marine Ky, Untitled VI (such as you are, so is the world)Jai Arun Ravine, and then entwine lesson plans, poems, knotsMarine Ky, Ted’s GarmentKaren Llagas, From a Lighthouse KeeperLinda Saphan, S-21 No Flying Away 1Barbara Jane Reyes, polyglot incantationLinda Saphan, S-21 No Flying Away 2Linda Saphan, S-21 No Flying Away 3Tran Tue Quan, Cuoc noi chien cua nhung identitiesTran Tue Quan, The civil war of identitiesPhuong M. Do, Self and UnclesSouvankham Thammavongsa, The Sun in Flannery O’Connor’s The Violent Bear It AwayReanne Estrada, Keep It Together #5Souvankham Thammavongsa, This Is the Direction

PART 3 Homes and Homelands

Gina Osterloh, Impossible Delineation (from the series Blank Attempt)Karen Llagas, Archipelago DustGina Osterloh, Anonymous Front (from the series Copy Flat)Anne Le, In the Heart of the CountryGina Osterloh, Blind Rash (from the series Rash Room)Anne Le, The Fish Houses at Go VapTiffany Chung, Go VapVo Hong Chyong-Dai, National Highway 1 (Vietnam, December 1996)Hong-An Truong, Description #3 (Three Clocks)Vo Hong Chyong-Dai, The Corner of Nguyen B nh Khiem and Tue T nh (Ha Noi, 2005)Kou Vang, ForgottenVo Hong Chyong-Dai, Across the ocean and beyond the mindAnida Yoeu Ali, Palimpsest for Generation 1.5 (performance)Phayvanh Luekhamhan, I Think of This Every Time I Think of MountainsAzizah Ahmad, HomelessGina Osterloh, Looking Back, I Accepted Your Invitation (from the series Somewhere Tropical)Anh Thang Dao, Song for a Lost HomeAnh Thang Dao, The Pigeon ScandalJenifer K. Wofford, Point of Departure (Nurse with Cap)Jenifer K. Wofford, Curtain Nurse I

PART 4 Loving Sex/Sexing Love

Angela Narciso Torres, CardiacDebbie Nguyen, Dark GreenConnie Pham, The Story of Pomegranate Told in Three PiecesDebbie Nguyen, PlumLian Guow, First and Last TimesKao-Ly Yang, Three Pearls Facing UnfaithfulnessDebbie Nguyen, WoodChau Nguyen, Kisses of HeatTran T. Kim-Trang, Still from KoreMong-Lan, On the Tango and Buenos Aires

PART 5 Militarized Lives

Yer Yang, Virgin Land, Virgin BodyHong-An Truong, Still from Wheel in the SkyAimee Phan, Excerpt from The Reeducation of Cherry TruongAnida Yoeu Ali, Palimpsest for Generation 1.5 (performance)Pimone Triplett, The Rumor of NecessityHong-An Truong, Florida 1979 (Love You, Miss You a Lot)Gayle Romasanta, NutDriverHong-An Truong, Florida 1978 (Goes to Heaven)Kathy L. Nguyen, Excerpt from The InheritorsBarbara Jane Reyes, Call It Talisman (If You Must)

PART 6 Asians in America

Lin + Lam, This Is Not MeAzizah Ahmad, A Letter to Asian AmericaMelba L. Abela, God Bless AmericaAzizah Ahmad, San FranciscoAnne Le, ChinatownJulie Thi Underhill, Progress ReportLinda Tran, The Flea MarketAnn Phong, Box of Water 2Melba L. Abela, San Francisco Ab(ove) Normal, 1967–2007Marsha C. Galicia-Monroe, #6–Other FemaleAnn Phong, Boats

PART 7 Race, Roots, Religion

Nalyne Lunati, Sea GhostBarbara Jane Reyes, In the City, a New Congregation Finds HerHong-An Truong, Description #4 (Three Figurines)Davorn Sisavath, The Value of a Catholic EducationNalyne Lunati, Kranok 1Julie Thi Underhill, Corner ShoreNalyne Lunati, Vihara of the MindReanne Estrada, General Tri-Corn (6)Pimone Triplett, MotherlandEliza O. Barrios, Industry of Yoga seriesGrace Talusan, Boobie CakesEliza O. Barrios, Pending

PART 8 Travel Narratives and Narratives That Travel

Linda Saphan, Amey on BikeChi Vu, SuitcasesJulie Thi Underhill, Fear of AmbivalenceMai Der Vang, The Sounds of LeavingRachel Quý Collier, Salt LakeReanne Estrada, Tenuous (tentatively titled)Pang Houa Moua Toy, Leaving HomeAnida Yoeu Ali, Palimpsest for Generation 1.5 (installation view)Mai Der Vang, From Within, a View

PART 9 Speech Acts: Labor, Activism, Resistance

Mail Order Brides / M.O.B., Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride (Flowers)Connie Pham, Quarterlife Crisis: A Quiet ActivismEmily P. Lawsin, No Moments of Silence (In Memory of Joseph Ileto, Fong Lee, and Chon Buri Xiong)Linda Saphan, Incognito 31Emily P. Lawsin, Where I Am From (Freewrite Remix)Melba L. Abela, International WorkerTiffany Chung, Here We GoGrace Kong, I Demand RespectTiffany Chung, Bubble Shooter and FriendsGrace Kong, Miss BossMail Order Brides / M.O.B., Education ReformKaren Llagas, ImeldaLin + Lam, Stills from Unidentified Viet Nam No. 18Leakhena Leng, Give Me Your Best Performance PieceLin + Lam, Stills from Unidentified Viet Nam No. 18Leakhena Leng, Breathing Fire Performance PieceMail Order Brides / M.O.B., Through the Looking Glass

EpilogueAbout the Contributors and Editors

Editorial Reviews

Third place in the Association for Borderlands Studies Best Book AwardPairing image and text, Troubling Borders showcases creative writing and visual artworks by sixty-one women of Vietnamese, Cambodian, Lao, Thai, and Filipino ancestry. The collection features compelling storytelling that troubles the borders of categorization and reflects the multilayered experience of Southeast Asian women.The diverse voices featured here have been shaped by colonization, wars, globalization, and militarization. For some of these women on the margins of the margin, crafting and showing their work is a bold act in itself. Their provocative and accessible creations tell unique stories, provide a sharp contrast to familiar stereotypes - Southeast Asian women as exotic sex symbols, dragon ladies, prostitutes, and "bar girls"—and serve as entry points for broader discussions on questions of history, memory, and identity. Troubling Borders gathers an amazing number of powerful selections of literary writing and visual art. I am struck by how moving, how political, how diverse these selections are. They bear witness to the hauntings of empire and fill gaps in our understanding of the life and imagination of Southeast Asian women. I am awed by this collection. - Nguyen—vo Thu—huong, author of The Ironies of Freedom