Download PDF by Xiaojing Zhou: Cities of Others: Reimagining Urban Spaces in Asian American

By Xiaojing Zhou

ISBN-10: 0295994029

ISBN-13: 9780295994024

Asian American literature abounds with complicated depictions of yank towns as areas that toughen racial segregation and forestall interactions throughout limitations of race, tradition, classification, and gender. even though, in towns of Others, Xiaojing Zhou uncovers a miles diversified narrative, offering the main accomplished exam so far of ways Asian American writers―both celebrated and overlooked―depict city settings. Zhou is going past interpreting well known portrayals of Chinatowns by way of paying equivalent realization to existence in different elements of town. Her cutting edge and wide-ranging technique sheds new mild at the works of chinese language, Filipino, Indian, jap, Korean, and Vietnamese American writers who endure witness to a number of city studies and reimagine the yankee urban as except a segregated nation-space.

Drawing on serious theories on house from city geography, ecocriticism, and postcolonial reports, Zhou indicates how spatial association shapes id within the works of Sui Sin a long way, Bienvenido Santos, Meena Alexander, Frank Chin, Chang-rae Lee, Karen Tei Yamashita, and others. She additionally indicates how the typical practices of Asian American groups problem racial segregation, reshape city areas, and redefine the identification of the yankee urban. From a reimagining of the nineteenth-century flaneur determine in an Asian American context to delivering a framework that enables readers to determine ethnic enclaves and American towns as jointly constitutive and transformative, Zhou provides us a provocative new solution to comprehend one of the most vital works of Asian American literature.

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Apart from the alienating smells of the East, the crowdedness of Chinatown streets with strange-looking heathens who gaze upon tourists with curiosity enhances the unsettling foreignness of Chinatown. The racially marked bodies of the Chinese, then, become part of the Chinatown space and its foreign identity. Through a deceptively descriptive style and the authenticity of actually strolling in the street, this 27 28 CHAPTER 1 white flâneur inscribes the Chinatown space and bodies with racial meanings by rendering the Chinese cultural and bodily differences as deviant from the “American” norm.

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In it were housed all the strata of life to be found in the district. Above the theater, on the second story, lived the manager and stage director. . On the third flight down were the opium dens where the smokers in various stages drew their dreams from the long pipes. It was this retreat which was immortalized by Frank Norris in his story, The Third Circle” (qtd. in Teng, “Artifacts” 63–64). In her discussion of this passage, Teng notes that “[w]hat Genthe does here is reinscribe Norris’s trope as physical space: metaphorical circles become architectural structures—three stories segregating classes of people and activities.

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