Through a critical analysis of select literary texts--novels by Carlos Bulosan, Gish Jen, Jessica Hagedorn, and Karen Yamashita--Lee probes the specific ways in which some Asian American authors have steered around ethnic themes with alternative tales circulating around gender and sexual identity. Lee makes it clear that what has been missing from current debates has been an analysis of the complex ways in which gender mediates questions of both national belonging and international migration. From anti-miscegenation legislation in the early twentieth century to poststructuralist theories of language to Third World feminist theory to critical studies of global cultural and economic flows, The Americas of Asian American Literature takes up pressing cultural and literary questions and points to a new direction in literary criticism.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng - A 15-minute Summary & Analysis
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The repressed bitterness, anger and disappointment simmering for years inside the Lee family finally erupt in Everything I Never Told You after daughter Lydia, her parents’ favorite, disappears on May 3, 1977. It is a fine spring day in northern Ohio, where the family lives in Middlewood, a town an hour outside Toledo.
James and Marilyn Lee first look for their daughter among her friends, but they discover that Lydia has been maintaining an elaborate charade for their benefit, even conducting long phone conversations with no one on the other end. She has no friends. Two days later, an empty rowboat on the nearby lake leads police to Lydia’s drowned body. Her puzzled parents believed she hated the water and would never take a boat out on it.Years before, Marilyn attended Radcliffe where she had to fight stereotypes to enroll in pre-med classes. Her almost all-male teachers and classmates…
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This novel describes the lives of four women, who fled China in the 1940s, and their contentious relationships with their four very Americanized daughters. Through the love of their mothers, each of these young women learns about her heritage and so is able to deal more effectively with her life.
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