Globality and Asian North American Narratives
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Minnesota Press
Title Page, Copyright
I thank my colleagues in the Department of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University for providing a collegial and intellectually stimulating teaching and working environment that enables me to pursue my research interests. I am grateful to the dean of arts, the research...
Introduction: Reading Globality
In an article in Newsweek ten years ago, Daniel Yergin made observations about globality based largely on the merger of big, big companies from different countries, such as car manufacturers Daimler-Benz and Chrysler,1 pharmaceutical makers Hoechst (Germany) and Marion Merrill...
I. Doing Global Dirty Work
1. The 1.5 Generation: Filipino Youth, Transmigrancy, and Masculinity
Half a century after its independence from the United States, the Philippines is still very much in a neocolonial stage.1 Epifanio San Juan Jr. notes that “the Filipino has been produced by Others (Spaniards, Japanese, the Amerikanos), not mainly by her own will to be recognized” (Articulations...
2. Recuperating Wretched Lives: Asian Sex Workers and the Underside of Nation Building
This Place Called Absence, by Asian Canadian Lydia Kwa, and Fox Girl, by Asian American Nora Okja Keller, are novels that bear witness to the horrors of being a prostitute to foreigners either in one’s own or in another country. Kwa’s work recreates the lives of two young...
II. Performing and Negotiating Transcultural Identities
3. “All of Us Are the Same”: Negotiating Loss, Witnessing Disability
That our bodies have been the site of various socially constructed meanings has been recognized by a number of feminist critics from Simone de Beauvoir to Judith Butler. In the past decade, cultural and race theo - rists have also argued that race is ideologically constructed and that...
4. Feminist Subversions: Comedy and the Carnivalesque
Nina Aquino and Nadine Villasin’s play Miss Orient(ed) and Deepa Mehta’s film Bollywood/Hollywood (2002), both set in Toronto, use humor, irony, and parody to question and challenge the insidious effects of global American culture on Asians, particularly those in the North...
III. Future Perfect: Feminist Resistance to Global Homogeneity
5. Shape-shifters and Disciplined Bodies: Feminist Tactics, Science Fiction, and Fantasy
As I have argued, novels by writers of the first generation of Asian North Americans, such as those by Maxine Hong Kingston, Carlos Bulosan, and Joy Kogawa, though frequently infused with legends and myths, have tended to be mainly autobiographical and based on the realities of...
6. Scripting Fertility: Desire and Regeneration in Japanese North American Literature
A number of Japanese North American novels have explored the traumatic experience of dislocation, internment, confiscation of property, and dispersals of the Japanese Canadian and Japanese American communities during and after the Second World War and the consequences...
Coda: Rethinking the Hyphen
Since the late 1970s and early 1980s, with the development of Asian American studies as a discipline and the Asian American movement as a panethnic coalition in the United States (see Espiritu, Asian American Panethnicity, 10), it has become common practice to refer to nonwhite...
About the Author
Page Count: 216
Publication Year: 2010
OCLC Number: 646067962
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