On Not Speaking Chinese [NOOK Book]


Focusing on tensions between 'Asia' and 'the West' at global and national levels, Ien Ang reflects on the disparate meanings of 'Chineseness' in the contemporary world.
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Focusing on tensions between 'Asia' and 'the West' at global and national levels, Ien Ang reflects on the disparate meanings of 'Chineseness' in the contemporary world.
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'Clearly written and well-argued . . . this book makes a valuable contribution, not only to current debates in the field of cultural studies and identity politics, but also to the international debate on the Chinese diaspora and Chinese identity.' - Chinese Information
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203996492
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/8/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 595 KB

Meet the Author

Ien Ang is Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Institute for Cultural Studies Research at the University of Western Sydney, Nepean. She is the author of a number of books, including Watching Dallas (1985), Desperately Seeking the Audience (1991) and Living Room Wars (1995)
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Table of Contents

Introduction: between Asia and the West (in complicated entanglement) 1
Pt. I Beyond Asia: deconstructing diaspora 19
1 On not speaking Chinese: diasporic identifications and postmodern ethnicity 21
2 Can one say no to Chineseness?: Pushing the limits of the diasporic paradigm 37
3 Indonesia on my mind: diaspora, the Internet and the struggle for hybridity 52
4 Undoing diaspora: questioning global Chineseness in the era of globalization 75
Pt. II Beyond the West: negotiating multiculturalism 93
5 Multiculturalism in crisis: the new politics of race and national identity in Australia 95
6 Asians in Australia: a contradiction in terms? 112
7 Racial/spatial anxiety: 'Asia' in the psycho-geography of Australian whiteness 126
8 The curse of the smile: ambivalence and the 'Asian' woman in Australian multiculturalism 138
9 Identity blues: rescuing cosmopolitanism in the era of globalization 150
Pt. III Beyond identity: living hybridities 161
10 Local/global negotiations: doing cultural studies at the crossroads 163
11 I'm a feminist but ...: 'other' women and postnational identities 177
12 Conclusion: together-in-difference (the uses and abuses of hybridity) 193
Notes 202
Bibliography 211
Index 226
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