Ingratitude: The Debt-Bound Daughter in Asian American Literature [NOOK Book]

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Anger and bitterness tend to pervade narratives written by second generation Asian American daughters, despite their largely unremarkable upbringings. In Ingratitude, erin Khuê Ninh explores this apparent paradox, locating in the origins of these women’s maddeningly immaterial suffering not only racial hegemonies but also the structure of the immigrant family itself. She argues that the filial debt of these women both demands and defies repayment—all the better to produce the ...

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Ingratitude: The Debt-Bound Daughter in Asian American Literature

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Overview

Anger and bitterness tend to pervade narratives written by second generation Asian American daughters, despite their largely unremarkable upbringings. In Ingratitude, erin Khuê Ninh explores this apparent paradox, locating in the origins of these women’s maddeningly immaterial suffering not only racial hegemonies but also the structure of the immigrant family itself. She argues that the filial debt of these women both demands and defies repayment—all the better to produce the docile subjects of a model minority.

Through readings of Jade Snow Wong’s Fifth Chinese Daughter, Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior, Evelyn Lau’s Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid, Catherine Liu’s Oriental Girls Desire Romance, and other texts, Ninh offers not an empirical study of intergenerational conflict so much as an explication of the subjection and psyche of the Asian American daughter. She connects common literary tropes to their theoretical underpinnings in power, profit, and subjection. In so doing, literary criticism crosses over into a kind of collective memoir of the Asian immigrants’ daughter as an analysis not of the daughter, but for and by her.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814758854
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 919,568
  • File size: 961 KB

Meet the Author


erin Khuê Ninh is Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Filial Debtor Jade Snow Wong 19

2 Refractions of Harm Maxine Hong Kingston 55

3 The Caring of Jailers Evelyn Lau Catherine Liu 81

4 Desirable Daughters Fae Myenne Ng Elaine Mar Chitra Divakaruni 125

Afterword: The Ending 159

Notes 165

Bibliography 187

Acknowledgments 197

Index 199

About the Author 207

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