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Ingratitude: The Debt-Bound Daughter in Asian American Literature

erin Khuê Ninh


Anger and bitterness tend to pervade narratives written by second-generation Asian American daughters, despite their largely unremarkable upbringings. This book explores this apparent paradox, locating in the origins of these women's maddeningly immaterial suffering not only racial hegemonies but also the structure of the immigrant family itself. It argues that the filial debt of these women both demands and defies repayment—all the better to produce the docile subjects of a model minority. Through readings of Jade Snow Wong's Fifth Chinese Daughter, Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior, E ... More

Keywords: Asian American daughters, immigrant family, intergenerational conflict, Asian immigrants

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814758441
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814758441.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

erin Khuê Ninh, author

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