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Deathly embrace orientalism and Asian American identity
Deathly embrace orientalism and Asian American identity
Ma Sheng-Mei2000
Articles
Subject: A polemical analysis of the ways Orientalism speaks through the texts of prominent Asian American writers. Asian American resistance to Orientalism-the Western tradition dealing with the subject and subjugation of the East-is usually assumed. And yet, as this provocative work demonstrates, in order to refute racist stereotypes they must first be evoked, and in the process the two often become entangled. Sheng-mei Ma shows how the distinguished careers of post-1960s Asian American writers such as Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, Frank Chin, and David Henry Hwang reveal that while Asian American identity is constructed in reaction to Orientalism, the two cultural forces are not necessarily at odds. The vigor with which these Asian Americans revolt against Orientalism in fact tacitly acknowledges the family lineage of the two. To identify the multitude of historical forms appropriated by the deathly embrace of Orientalism and Asian American ethnicity.
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Imprint:
US 2000 University of Minnesota Press
Collation:
184p
ISBN:
0816637113
Dewey class:
CU.3.03MA
Local class:
CU.3.03/MA
Language:
English
BRN:
1840686
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