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Asian American Literature

Is usually centred on the identities of Americans of Asian descent in the context of their immigration histories beginning in 1850 with immigrants from China. Japanese immigrants began to ...

Hemispheric Approaches to Asian American Literature

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Donald C. Goellnicht

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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... into Asian American literature early on. 7 Adopting an Asian North American designation as a way to create space for the inclusion of Asian Canadian writers and academics at a time when the field was emerging in a Canadian academic and scholarly context, I organized a panel on Asian American Literature in the Americas for the Modern Language Association convention in 2000 . The panel, which was provoked by the publication of “A Long Labour,” urged the field to take a more continental approach and included papers on “Hemispheric Asian American Literature and...

Reading South Asian American Literature

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Rajini Srikanth

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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...Asian American Literary Studies,” in An Interethnic Companion to Asian American Literature , ed. King-Kok Cheung (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1996), 1–39. 20. Ketu Katrak, “South Asian American Literature,” in King-Kok Cheung, An Interethnic Companion to Asian American Literature ,” ed. King-Kok Cheung (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1996), 193. 21. Katrak, “South Asian American Literature,” 202. 22. Ruth Maxey, “Beyond National Literatures: Empire and Amitav Ghosh,” in Cambridge History of Asian American Literature , ed....

Asian American Children’s Literature

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Sarah Park Dahlen

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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... American Children’s Literature In order to understand the scope of Asian American children’s literature, one must ask, “What is Asian America?” In The Making of Asian America , historian Erika Lee troubles the notion that there is “one ‘Asian America,’ or one ‘Asian American history.’” 1 Too often people think of Asians and Asian Americans as a monolith, when, in actuality, the great variety and diversity within Asian America demands that Asian American stories are varied and diverse. Children’s literature scholar Junko Yokota also argues that these...

Object Theory and Asian American Literature

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Chad Shomura

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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...Asian American studies more speculative and experimental. Pursuing this antidisciplinary potential could make Asian American studies less dependent on the subject for its scope and methods. Asian American Literature and Objects If one problem defines Asian American literary studies, it might be the difficulty, if not impossibility, of reconciling a pan-ethnic, politicized identity with a shifting Asian American demographic. 1 As seen in roughly periodized literatures, different waves of Asians to the United States have amounted to a plurality of Asian...

Mixed Race Asian American Literature

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Jennifer Ann Ho

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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...because the way in which Asian American literature is categorized and cataloged should be open for debate, along with which works of literature and which authors can or should be included in the rubric “mixed race Asian American Literature,” since all racial categories are always open to interpretation and changing societal perspectives, thus rendering such borders porous at best, and always inherently ambiguous. Before There Was an “Asian America”: Early Mixed Race Asian American Literature Mixed race Asian American literature began at the turn of the ...

Disability Studies and Asian American Literature

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Kristina Chew

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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... Two general introductions to Asian American literature include articles about illness and disability. James Kyung-Jin Lee’s “Pathography/Illness Narratives” in The Routledge Companion to Asian American Literature and Pacific Island Literature analyzes the “contemporary Asian American impulse to write the self in relation to illness, disability, and woundedness” in texts about these and in texts by Asian American authors who are also medical practitioners. Lee concludes his overview by calling on readers to read Asian American literary texts “again as if for...

Agriculture and Asian American Literature

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Sarah Wald

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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...and Asian American Literature Agriculture is a significant yet understudied theme in Asian American literature. A wide variety of Asian American essays, plays, novels, poems, and memoirs take place on farms. More than just a setting, however, agriculture has been a key site through which Asian American literature has engaged labor, nature, and national belonging. This entry discusses the range of ways in which Asian American literature has navigated American agrarianism, a philosophy based around the economic and moral superiority of farming. It...

Bilingualism in Asian American Literature

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Jeehyun Lim

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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...in Asian American Literature Bilingualism is an integral element of the lives and experiences of Asian Americans as well as a condition, theme, and style of a large and diverse body of Asian American writings. Due to the panethnic characteristic of Asian Americans as a racial group, bilingualism in Asian American literature involves a wide range of Asian and Pacific languages. On the one hand, it shares with other immigrant literatures in the United States themes and tropes related to the dynamics of linguistic assimilation, language loss, and...

Narrative Theory and Asian American Literature

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Yoon Sun Lee

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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...of Asian American communities.” 8 Referring to these debates over the role of theory that erupted within Asian American studies in the 1990s, Mark Chiang gives the name “nonrepresentative representation” to this curious situation: that some Asian American critics, primarily those concerned with literature or narrative, disavow the real existence of “Asian Americans” as a unified, objective entity and yet claim at some level “to represent or to speak for Asian Americans as a group.” 9 It is important to note that this applies to Asian American writers as...

Eugenics, Reproduction, and Asian American Literature

Eugenics, Reproduction, and Asian American Literature   Reference library

Asha Nadkarni

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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...difference from, the Eaton texts with which it began. Taken together these Asian American texts, though from different time periods and different moments in Asian American immigration to North America, reveal some enduring concerns surrounding eugenics, reproduction, and Asian American literature. For one, these texts chart the transnational coordinates of Asian racialization in North America via critiques of British and US imperialism and colonialism and indictments of anti-Asian racism. They do so, moreover, through an attention to the reproductive logics...

Intersections of Arab American and Asian American Literature

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Carol W. N. Fadda

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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...the contours of Asian American literature, with some earlier anthologies published during the 1970s reflecting Asian Americans’ need to define themselves (as Asian Americans) within the US ethnic and political landscape of the 1960s and 1970s. Such anthologies include the groundbreaking Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian American Writers , which was preceded by Asian-American Authors and Asian-American Heritage: An Anthology . The role of these anthologies and the scholarship that informs them is to claim and reclaim Asian American writers and literary...

Asian American Literature

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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2006
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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... American Literature . The broad range of Asian American children's literature encompasses the voices of hundreds of cultures from China, Japan, and Korea; Pacific Islands such as the Philippines, Fiji, and Samoa; Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Tibet, and Vietnam; and South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. The Arabian Peninsula may also be included. Asian Americans are Hmong refugee newcomers and sixth-generation Chinese Americans, the descendants of American soldiers stationed in Vietnam during the...

Asian American Literature

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

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2005
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Literature
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...in 1997 . South Asian American Literature The term “South Asian American,” like the term “Asian American,” inevitably homogenizes a group of people who derive from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, and the Maldive Islands, or who have sometimes arrived in the United States or Canada by way of East Africa and South America. Early South Asian immigrant laborers arrived on the American West Coast between 1904 and 1924 ; their narratives represent some of the earliest records of South Asian American lives. This literature today often reflects...

Asian-American Literature

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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2005

...as Issei (first-generation Japanese-American) tankas , have been translated, and added to the archival ‘canon’ of Asian-American literature. Such heterogeneous representations help to overturn stereotypes of ‘inscrutable’ Asian-Americans. Three early Asian-American anthologies, Asian-American Authors (ed. Kai-yu Hsu and others, 1972 ), Asian-American Heritage (ed. David Hsin-fu Wang , 1974 ), and Aiiieeeee ! ( 1975 ), suggested that the ‘melting pot’ paradigm was inadequate to an understanding of Asian-American cultural identity. Influenced by the...

Global India in 21st-Century Asian American Literature

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Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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...it.” 10 Reading Global India in 21st-century Asian American literature or reading the literature of Global India for its Asian American signature raises the question of how “rooted” one needs to be in the United States in order to be considered Asian American. Is having been “routed” through America, to use the classic homonymic distinction from diaspora studies, sufficient grounds for annexation by the field of Asian American literature? As the boundaries of the field shift and the imaginaries of Asian America expand, the answer from scholars and writers is...

The Intersections of Latina/o and Asian American Literature

The Intersections of Latina/o and Asian American Literature   Reference library

Susan Thananopavarn

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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... Such an approach yields an understanding of Asian American literature that stretches north to Canada and south to Latin America, incorporating texts written in Spanish as well as English. In Latina/o and Latin American studies, including literature written by authors of Asian descent, complicates racial and nationalist ideas of who is Latina/o or who is Latin American. Much Asian Latin American literature, like early Asian American literature, is concerned with claiming a place in the New World for those of Asian heritage. For example, Japanese Peruvian poet...

The Cold War and Asian American Literature

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Heidi Kim

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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...productions to trace the lineage of American incursions in Asia and their effects on Asian America. Josephine Nock-hee Park’s Cold War Friendships ( 2016 ) examines both Cold War–era writings and later works that revisit the precarious position of Asians or Asian Americans who are “friendlies,” not quite friends, essential to the imperial incursion into Asia and also to the project of integration. Taking the reverse perspective, Jodi Kim’s Ends of Empire ( 2010 ) offers a reading of how Asian American literature and film disrupt the logic of the Cold...

Global China in 21st-Century Asian American Literature

Global China in 21st-Century Asian American Literature   Reference library

Sunny Xiang

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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...China in 21st-Century Asian American Literature At least since the 1980s, scholars have been calling out the Chinese American bias in Asian American literary studies. For example, Elaine Kim opens her pioneering study Asian American Literature ( 1982 ) with the statement, “Portrayals of Chinese are more numerous than for any other Asian group in Anglo-American literature,” and as a result, “many of the depictions of Chinese have been generalized to Asians.” 1 More aggrieved expressions of this observation would follow. In 1996 , Susan Koshy suggested...

Performance Theory and Asian American Literature and Culture

Performance Theory and Asian American Literature and Culture   Reference library

Ju Yon Kim

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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...Theory and Asian American Literature and Culture The canonization of Maxine Hong Kingston’s novel-memoir Woman Warrior ( 1976 ) as the first work of Asian American literature to attain broad critical claim and the popularity of Amy Tan’s novel The Joy Luck Club ( 1989 ) established the love and conflict between daughters and mothers as a key theme in Asian American literature and culture. Various Asian American performances, including Margaret Cho’s standup to plays about the Korean War, have also explored this subject through role-doubling and...

Narratives of Intimacy in Asian American Literature

Narratives of Intimacy in Asian American Literature   Reference library

Nicolyn Woodcock

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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...in Asian American literature offer access to a trove of complex histories and issues that probe new questions about the connections that suture Asia to America and contour the lives of those recognized as Asian Americans. What worlds is it possible to build when narratives of intimacy are placed at the center of reading Asian American literature and culture? Discussion of the Literature Though this discussion section is by no means exhaustive, it offers key starting points for exploring the rich archive of narratives of intimacy in Asian American literature...

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