Asian Diaspora and East-West Modernity

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Drawing from Anglo-American, Asian American, and Asian literature as well as J-horror and manga, Chinese cinema and Internet, and the Korean Wave, Sheng-mei Ma’s Asian Diaspora and East-West Modernity probes into the conjoinedness of West and East, of modernity’s illusion and nothing’s infinitude. Suspended on the stylistic tightrope between research and poetry, critical analysis and intuition, Asian Diaspora restores affect and heart to the experience of diaspora in between East and West, at-homeness and exilic ...

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Overview

Drawing from Anglo-American, Asian American, and Asian literature as well as J-horror and manga, Chinese cinema and Internet, and the Korean Wave, Sheng-mei Ma’s Asian Diaspora and East-West Modernity probes into the conjoinedness of West and East, of modernity’s illusion and nothing’s infinitude. Suspended on the stylistic tightrope between research and poetry, critical analysis and intuition, Asian Diaspora restores affect and heart to the experience of diaspora in between East and West, at-homeness and exilic attrition. Diaspora, by definition, stems as much from socioeconomic and collective displacement as it points to emotional reaction. This book thus challenges the fossilized conceptualizations in area studies, ontology, and modernism.

The book's first two chapters trace the Asian pursuit of modernity into nothing, as embodied in horror film and the gaming motif in transpacific literature and film. Chapters three through eight focus on the borderlands of East and West, the edges of humanity and meaning. Ma examines how loss occasions a revisualization of Asia in children's books, how Asian diasporic passing signifies, paradoxically, both "born again" and demise of the "old" self, how East turns "yEast" or the agent of self-fashioning for Anglo-America, Asia, and Asian America, how the construct of “bugman” distinguishes modern West's and East's self-image, how the extreme human condition of "non-person" permeates the Korean Wave, and how manga artists are drawn to wartime Japan. The final two chapters interrogate the West's death-bound yet enlightening Orientalism in Anglo-American literature and China's own schizophrenic split, evidenced in the 2008 Olympic Games.

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557536112
  • Publisher: Purdue University Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Series: Comparative Cultural Studies Series
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheng-mei Ma teaches English literature at Michigan State University, specializing in Asian Diaspora/Asian American studies and East-West comparative studies. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, his single-authored books include Diaspora Literature and Visual Culture: Asia in Flight (2011), East-West Montage: Reflections on Asian Bodies in Diaspora (2007), The Deathly Embrace: Orientalism and Asian American Identity (2000), and Immigrant Subjectivities in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Literatures (1998). He co-edited and translated Chenmo de shanhen as Silent Scars: History of Sexual Slavery by the Japanese Military (2005) as well as co-editing City and Ocean (2011). Ma's publications also include Sanshi zuoyou (Thirty, Left and Right), a collection of poetry (1989).

 

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: Digging to China (or America) 1

Chapter 1 Asian Cell and Horror 7

Chapter 2 Asian Diaspora Does Vegas 25

Chapter 3 Diasporic Authors of Children's and Young Adult Books 37

Chapter 4 A Child's Passing into Asian Diaspora 49

Chapter 5 yEast for Modern Cannibals 62

Chapter 6 Bugman in Modernity 84

Chapter 7 Kim Ki-duk's Nonperson Films 101

Chapter 8 Nakazawa's A-bomb, Tezuka's Adolf, and Kobayashi's Apologia 113

Chapter 9 Orientation Goes to War in the Twentieth Century 123

Chapter 10 Hyperreal Beijing and the 2008 Olympics 138

Works Cited 147

Index 163

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