Writing the Ghetto: Class, Authorship and the Asian American Ethnic Enclave (Paperback)
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Writing the Ghetto: Class, Authorship and the Asian American Ethnic Enclave (Paperback)

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Paperback 254 Pages / Published: 30/11/2011
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In the United States, perhaps no minority group is considered as ""model"" or successful as the Asian American community. Rather than living in ominous ""ghettoes,"" Asian Americans are described as residing in positive-sounding ""ethnic enclaves."" Writing the Ghetto helps clarify the hidden or unspoken class inequalities faced by Asian Americans, while insightfully analyzing the effect such notions have had on their literary voices.



Yoonmee Chang examines the class structure of Chinatowns, Koreatowns, Little Tokyos, and Little Indias, arguing that ghettoization in these spaces is disguised. She maintains that Asian American literature both contributes to and challenges this masking through its marginalization by what she calls the ""ethnographic imperative."" Chang discusses texts from the late nineteenth century to the present, including those of Sui Sin Far, Winnifred Eaton, Monica Sone, Fae Myenne Ng, Chang-rae Lee, S. Mitra Kalita, and Nam Le. These texts are situated in the contexts of the Chinese Exclusion Era, Japanese American internment during World War II, the globalization of Chinatown in the late twentieth century, the Vietnam War, the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and the contemporary emergence of the ""ethnoburb.""

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813551753
Number of pages: 254
Weight: 389 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Yoonmee Chang's elegantly written, deftly argued, and meticulously developed Writing the Ghetto makes a valuable contribution to our understanding and appreciation of Asian American social history and literature. This is an important book."--Elaine H. Kim "University of California, Berkeley "
"Chang's argument is nuanced, provocatively counterintuitive, and occasionally dizzying. Writing the Ghetto is an important text not only for Asian American scholars, but for American and ethnic studies scholars interested in interrogating the politics, economics, and ethics of belonging."
--Modern Fiction Studies

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