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Contesting Genres in Contemporary Asian American Fiction by B. Huang

By B. Huang

This e-book solutions contemporary calls in feedback and thought to check the effect of style on modern Asian American literary production.  Drawing on cultural theories of illustration, social theories of id, and poststructuralist style thought, this learn indicates how renowned prose fictions have critically limited the improvement of Asian American literary aesthetics. 

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S. shores, they were interpolated into a narrative not of their own making. To reconcile the conflict between the cruel Vietnamese that populated the big screen and the displaced casualties now populating American cities and towns, le alludes to the narrative means by which immigrants from nations that suffer an image problem in the American media are recuperated: the immigrant narrative. Through such a narrative stroke, the palimpsest of the American immigrant replaces the Vietnamese refugee and erases the American interventionist policies that produced her.

This depiction, however, is merely the first invocation of a series of sacrosanct national myths to which Hata has aspired throughout his life. Through Hata’s narration, Lee reveals an unreliability that immediately registers by means of a profoundly solipsistic perspective fraught with transparent assimilationist desire as well as sublimations of guilt and grief. The portrait of an immigrant who has “arrived” and assimilated so fully as to have become the ideal citizen of this idyllic American suburb is the fiction that Hata tries to maintain throughout the novel.

People know me here,” he declares at the beginning of the novel, assuring the implied reader that he not only belongs in Bedley Run, but has also become an ideal member of this community, someone whom September 6, 2010 16:6 MAC-US/HANG Page-33 9780230108318_03_ch01 34 Contesting Genres they don’t simply tolerate, but venerate. The outline of this introductory portrait is already familiar, as well as a recognizable depiction of the immigrant success story in which success is articulated through pronouncements of financial stability and cultural belonging.

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