Narrating Race

Asia, (Trans)Nationalism, Social Change

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Editor: Robbie B.H. Goh
The essays in this volume deal with the complexities of race in the Asia-Pacific context. Social tensions concerning race and ethnicity continue to pose profound challenges to Asia-Pacific countries in various stages of development and modernisation. Issues such as social justice, identity-formation, marginalisation and alienation, gender and related issues, are inevitably implicated in the racial cultures of Asia, and where Asian diasporic communities develop. The essays in this volume explore the ways in which race-culture is reflected in literature and cultural texts (drama and performance, visual arts, film and television). Included in this volume are essays on Amitav Ghosh, Vivan Sundaram, Li-Young Lee, R. K. Narayan, Ayu Utami, Dewi Lestari, Rex Shelley, Xu Xi, Pico Iyer and others.

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Review Quotes

”Read together, the essays make a convincing case for critical race studies as a powerful lens through which to comprehend postcolonial legacies in contemporary Asian cultural production while demonstrating how culture in turn reconfigures the very grounds in which race is rendered meaningful.” - Christopher Lee, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, in: Pacific Affairs, Vol. 86.1 (2013), pp. 124-126

Table of contents

Acknowledgements
Robbie B.H. Goh: Introduction: Writing Race and Asia-Pacific Mobilities – Constructions and Contestations
Tania Roy: Vivan Sundaram’s “Amrita”: Towards a Style of the Body
Robbie B.H. Goh: The Return of the Scientist: Essential Knowledge and Global Tribalism in Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide and The Calcutta Chromosome
Walter S.H. Lim: Ethnicity and the Southeast Asian Diaspora in Li-Young Lee’s The Winged Seed
Chitra Sankaran: Narrating Race, Gender and Sexuality in R.K. Narayan’s The Painter of Signs
Harry Aveling: Chinese Ethnicity in Post-Reformation Indonesian Women’s Fiction: A Comparative Study of Two Novels by Ayu Utami and Dewi Lestari
Caroline S. Hau: Resi(g)nifying the Chinese and Filipino in Cinematic Narratives
Lily Rose Tope: Performing Ethnicity, Ethnicizing History: The Eurasians of Singapore in Rex Shelley’s The Shrimp People
Kwok-Kan Tam: Performing the Self: Race and Identity in Two Hong Kong English-Language Plays
Terry Siu-Han Yip: Border Crossing: Place, Identity and Dis/Location of the Self in Xu Xi’s The Unwalled City
Julie Mehta: Hybrid Brown Gaijin Is a “Distinguished Alien” in Sakoku Japan
Judy Celine Ick: Ugly Americans and Little Brown Brothers: Spectacles of Identity in Contemporary Philippine Drama
Wenche Ommundsen: Disappearing Race: Normative Whiteness and Cultural Appropriation in Australian Refugee Narratives
Agnes S.L. Lam: Race in Asian Poetry in English: Ethnic, National and Cosmopolitan Representations
Notes on Contributors
Index

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