Cities of Others: Reimagining Urban Spaces in Asian American Literature

Cities of Others: Reimagining Urban Spaces in Asian American Literature

by Xiaojing Zhou

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ISBN-13: 9780295994031
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 11/15/2014
Series: Scott and Laurie Oki Series in Asian American Studies Series
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Xiaojing Zhou is professor of English at the University of the Pacific.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Contested Urban Space 3

1 "The Woman about Town": Transgressing Raced and Gendered Boundaries in Sui Sin Far's Writings 23

2 Claiming Right to the City: Lin Yutang's Chinatown Family 57

3 "Out Inside Story" of Chinatown: Fae Myenne Ng's Bone 94

4 Chinatown as an Embattled Pedagogical Space: Frank Chin's Short Story Cycle and Donald Duk 117

5 Inhabiting the City as Exiles: Bienvenido N. Santos's What the Hell for You Left Your Heart in San Francisco 160

6 The City as a "Contact Zone": Meena Alexander's Manhattan Music 198

7 "The Living Voice of the City": Chang-rae Lee's Native Speaker 227

8 Mapping the Global City and "the Other Scene" of Globalization: Karen Tei Yamashita's Tropic of Orange 258

Conclusion: The I-Hotel and Other Places 290

Notes 303

Bibliography 313

Index 329

What People are Saying About This

Juliana Chang

No other book has provided as sustained and wide-ranging a discussion on figures of urban space in Asian American literature.

Rocio G. Davis

Opens up a new area for discussion in Asian American writing and moves criticism on Asian American literature into a dialogue with the issues germane to contemporary American fiction in general.

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