Writing the South Seas: Imagining the Nanyang in Chinese and Southeast Asian Postcolonial Literature

Hardcover | November 17, 2015

byBrian C. Bernards

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Postcolonial literature about the South Seas, or Nanyang, examines the history of Chinese migration, localization, and interethnic exchange in Southeast Asia, where Sinophone settler cultures evolved independently by adapting to their "New World" and mingling with native cultures. Writing the South Seas explains why Nanyang encounters, neglected by most literary histories, should be considered crucial to the national literatures of China and Southeast Asia.

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Postcolonial literature about the South Seas, or Nanyang, examines the history of Chinese migration, localization, and interethnic exchange in Southeast Asia, where Sinophone settler cultures evolved independently by adapting to their "New World" and mingling with native cultures. Writing the South Seas explains why Nanyang encounters...

Brian Bernards is assistant professor of East Asian languages and cultures at the University of Southern California. He is the coeditor of Sinophone Studies: A Critical Reader.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:November 17, 2015Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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Writing the South Seas is a most fascinating inquiry into the institutionalization and dissemination of overseas modern Chinese-language literature in Southeast Asia from the early modern era to the present day.

- David Der-wei Wang, author of The Lyrical in Epic Time: Chinese Intellectuals and Artists Through the 1949 Crisis