We cannot verify your location
Browse Book and Journal Content on Project MUSE
OR
title

Asian Diasporas

Cultures, Indentity, Representation

Robbie B.H. Goh, Shawn Wong

Publication Year: 2004

The essays in this volume view Asian diasporic movements in the context of globalization and global citizenship, in which multiple cultural allegiances, influences and claims together create complex negotiations of identity.

Published by: Hong Kong University Press, HKU

Title Page

pdf iconDownload PDF (128.5 KB)
 

Contents

pdf iconDownload PDF (154.1 KB)
pp. v-vi

read more

Acknowledgements

pdf iconDownload PDF (98.0 KB)
pp. vii-viii

This collection of essays arose out of a conference on "Asian Diasporas and Cultures" held at the National University of Singapore from 5 to 7 September 2001. The conference would not have been possible without the funding and administrative support of the Department of English Language and Literature and the Centre for Advanced Studies of the National University of Singapore. ...

read more

Introduction: The Culture of Asian Diasporas: Integrating/Interrogating (Im)migration, Habitus, Textuality

pdf iconDownload PDF (835.1 KB)
pp. 1-14

The claim that Asian diasporas are cultural phenomena would in all likelihood meet little or no objection – except, of course, for the problem of what precisely is meant by "culture"? In what ways can an understanding of cultural influences, transformations, and representations affect the study of those major transnational human movements that are the foci of diaspora studies? ...

read more

Chapter 1: The Uncertain Configurations of a Politics of Location: The Intersection of Postcolonial, Feminist, and Nationalist Discourses in Understanding Chinese Diasporic Communities

pdf iconDownload PDF (1010.5 KB)
pp. 15-32

Global shifts in the movement of peoples have led to the destruction of old nations and the formation of new ones. It is maintained in this chapter that emerging diasporic movements and communities have the potential for "surfacing" a range of new cultural and ethnic identities. ...

read more

Chapter 2: Diaspora and Violence: Cultural/Spatial Production, Abjection, and Exchange

pdf iconDownload PDF (8.8 MB)
pp. 33-52

Episode 1: On 5 August 2001 in Glasgow, 22-year-old Firsat Yildiz, a Turkish Kurd asylum seeker, was stabbed to death by attackers who (according to a companion of the victim) "hurled racist insults ... in Scottish accents" (Lee 2001b: 15). The incident took place in the Sighthill housing estate, where the government had housed 3,500 asylum seekers in ten run-down high-rise blocks, ...

read more

Chapter 3: Theorizing Diasporas: Three Types of Consciousness

pdf iconDownload PDF (1.5 MB)
pp. 53-76

This chapter draws upon the current literature on diasporas, in order to advance the field by highlighting the diversity of that community, and by moving beyond conventional models of diaspora that see them as either culturally dislocated or ideologically "fixed" — that is, methods that are culturally essentialist. ...

read more

Chapter 4: Cultural Citizenship in Diaspora: A Study of Chinese Australia

pdf iconDownload PDF (1.1 MB)
pp. 77-94

The two volumes of Eric Rolls's history of the Chinese in Australia are entitled Sojourners and Citizens (Rolls 1992 and 1996). The first volume concludes in 1888, the year the Anti-Chinese League forced an almost total ban on Chinese immigration and four ships carrying Chinese immigrants were refused entry to Sydney. "The day of the sojourners was almost over," writes Rolls, ...

read more

Chapter 5: Mimics without Menace: Interrogating Hybridity in Bharati Mukherjee's Fiction

pdf iconDownload PDF (771.5 KB)
pp. 95-106

Bharati Mukherjee's attempt to become an American writer plays a significant part in securing her place in the American literary canon (Mukherjee 1992: xv). Writing about this acculturation process, Mukherjee says: "I have learned that in this era of massive diasporic movements, honorable survival requires resilience, curiosity, and compassion, a letting go of rigid ideals about the purity of inherited culture" (1997: 30). ...

read more

Chapter 6: The Shadow of Diasporic (Auto) Biography: The Traveling-Self in Michael Ondaatje's Running in the Family

pdf iconDownload PDF (664.8 KB)
pp. 107-116

In postcolonial and postmodern discourses, diaspora comes to signal the liberating aspects of interrelationships and a resistance to the monologic thought and oppression that colonialism represents (Childs and Williams 1997: 210). Works by Homi Bhabha and Vijay Mishra, for instance, celebrate this social formation of displacement. ...

read more

Chapter 7: Translating Indian Culture from Diaspora

pdf iconDownload PDF (848.3 KB)
pp. 117-130

National archives are the sites in which communal identities are defined and discourses of resistance negotiated. This definition highlights the possibility of considering alternative viewpoints, external foci that modify the meaning of the archive itself. However, one should not forget what Ahmad (1999) writes apropos of the institutional archive, considered ...

read more

Chapter 8: Claiming Diaspora in Shirley Geok-lin Lim's Joss & Gold

pdf iconDownload PDF (1.0 MB)
pp. 131-148

At a recent conference in Singapore, an Australian scholar challenged my approach to Shirley Geok-lin Lim's novel Joss & Gold on the basis that my Asian-American framework might be inappropriate for a "diasporic" author such as Lim. Reading Lim as diasporic rather than American is, in many respects, a more "natural" position. ...

read more

Chapter 9: Writing the Chinese and Southeast Asian Diasporas in Russell Leong's Phoenix Eyes

pdf iconDownload PDF (795.3 KB)
pp. 149-160

The age of globalization, that familiar if not somewhat overdetermined appellative used to describe the conditions of late twentieth and early twenty-first century (post)modernity, appears to have caused a degree of anxiety for some writers and critics involved in the ideological production of Asian American literature. ...

read more

Chapter 10: Diasporic Communities and Identity Politics: Containing the Political

pdf iconDownload PDF (904.9 KB)
pp. 161-176

What marks the diasporic experience as diasporic? What shapes diasporic communities in ways unique to them? Perhaps the answer can be found in the violence of community formation, the traumas that led to migration and the terrors of carving out a space in a new country and culture, the inevitable rending wrought by forced evacuations from and insertions ...

Notes

pdf iconDownload PDF (553.0 KB)
pp. 177-184

References

pdf iconDownload PDF (797.4 KB)
pp. 185-198

Contributors

pdf iconDownload PDF (246.3 KB)
pp. 199-202

Index

pdf iconDownload PDF (340.2 KB)
pp. 203-208


E-ISBN-13: 9789882200098
Print-ISBN-13: 9789622096721

Page Count: 214
Publication Year: 2004

Research Areas

Recommend

Subject Headings

  • Asian diaspora -- Congresses.
  • Oriental literature -- Asian American authors -- History and criticism -- Congresses.
  • Immigrants in literature -- Congresses.
  • You have access to this content
  • Free sample
  • Open Access
  • Restricted Access