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IngratitudeThe Debt-Bound Daughter in Asian American Literature$
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erin Khuê Ninh

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814758441

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814758441.001.0001

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Afterword

Afterword

The Ending

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(p.159) Afterword
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Ingratitude
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erin Khuê Ninh

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814758441.003.0006

This concluding chapter references a number of recently published texts, including Jhumpa Lahiri's short story, “Only Goodness” (2008); Sheba Karim's novel, Skunk Girl (2009); and Samantha Lê's fictional memoir, Little Sister Left Behind (2007). Notably, the families these narratives feature hail from humble Benghali, middle-class Pakistani Muslim, and refugee Vietnamese backgrounds, respectively. Though these writers' daughter-protagonists take different paths and the stories have differing plots, the discursive and disciplinary universe they occupy is very much the same with that of the Chinese American narratives. Tropes of filiality and the model minority replicate with compelling faithfulness across these seemingly imposing ethnic-national differences. Ultimately, these narratives encourage later analyses of intergenerational conflict, so that future scholarship may theorize the family's structure of feeling as fully as its structures of power.

Keywords:   Jhumpa Lahiri, Sheba Karim, Samantha Lê, Chinese American narratives, filiality, model minority, intergenerational conflict

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