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Narratives of Diaspora

Representations of Asia in Chinese American Literature

Authors: Lim, W.

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Chinese American authors often find it necessary to represent Asian history in their literary works. Tracing the development of the literary production of Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, Lisa See, and Russell Leong, among others, this book captures the effects of international politics and globalization on Chinese American diasporic consciousness.

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"In refreshingly lucid analyses illuminating a broad range of texts that cross genre, gender, and national categories, Narratives of Diaspora is an important contribution to U.S. and ethnic literary studies, drawing on a keenly historicized postcolonial and transnational scholarship to engage seamlessly with the works of diasporic Chinese Americans from geopolitical territories such as Southeast Asia and China that are often viewed as separate." - Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Research Professor, University of California Santa Barbara, USA, and author of Among the White Moon Faces

"Developments in Asian American literature have never been so fascinating - especially when considering, as Walter Lim does in his excellent new book, the geopolitical realities of a transnational Pacific Rim as imagined by an ever-growing body of Chinese American writers. Taking the imagined space of Asia as the object of his critique, Lim shows through thoughtful and provocative readings how recent and canonical writers - from Maxine Hong Kingston to Ha Jin - situate Asia in their works. His conclusion that we are witnessing a shift away from the U.S. as the primary locus of Asian American literature says as much about this literature as it does about our world." - Jeffrey F.L. Partridge, Capital Community College, USA, and author of Beyond Literary Chinatown, an American Book Award Winner from the Before Columbus Foundation, 2007


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Lim, Walter S. H.

    Pages 1-12

  • The Sino-Japanese War and Chinese History in Amy Tan’s Novels and Lisa See’s

    Lim, Walter S. H.

    Pages 13-35

  • The Vietnam War and the Cultural Politics of Loyalty in Maxine Hong Kingston’s

    Lim, Walter S. H.

    Pages 37-59

  • Sexual Politics, Buddhism, and Transnationalism in Russell Leong’s

    Lim, Walter S. H.

    Pages 61-83

  • Writing Exile and Diaspora in Li-Young Lee’s

    Lim, Walter S. H.

    Pages 85-109

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eBook $74.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-05554-5
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Hardcover $95.00
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  • ISBN 978-0-230-34006-0
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $90.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-34264-8
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Narratives of Diaspora
Book Subtitle
Representations of Asia in Chinese American Literature
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Walter S. H. Lim
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-05554-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137055545
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-34006-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34264-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 195
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