Abstract

Abstract:

Read together, Patricia Chu's Where I have Never Been (), Jinah Kim's Postcolonial Grief (), Sze Wei Ang's The State of Race (), and Janna Odabas's The Ghosts Within () allow for a review of the state and meaning of diaspora and diasporic frames of analysis in Asian American literary and cultural criticism. Approaching these books through the 1990s debate on minority nationalism in Asian American studies shows one prominent direction that critical engagements with transnationalism have taken. While postcolonialism's place in the 1990s debate on transnationalism and Asian America was tenuous at best, these books suggest that it has become a crucial part of envisioning the critical work diasporic Asian American culture can do. In these books, diasporic frames of analysis lead to recognizing Asian American culture as a site where the unresolved and unaccounted for violence of US nationalism and globalization surfaces and challenges to dominant ideas of race and nation appear. Both as method of inquiry and as historical understanding of twentieth-century US–Asian relations, postcolonialism in these books shows the critical potential of diaspora for Asian America.

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ISSN
1468-4365
Print ISSN
0896-7148
Pages
pp. 206-215
Launched on MUSE
2021-07-10
Open Access
No
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