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Racial AsymmetriesAsian American Fictional Worlds$
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Stephen Hong Sohn

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479800070

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479800070.001.0001

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Fiction Unbound

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Racial Asymmetries

Stephen Hong Sohn

NYU Press

This concluding chapter argues that Asian American fiction boasts a long and rich lineage, and its body of texts contains a multitude of unforgettable characters and compelling themes. Within this impressive archive, writers often produce narratives imbued with autobiographical and autoethnographic valences. And yet the parallels among author, narrative perspective, and fictional world can still result in certain presumptions about the kinds of stories Asian American writers can tell. For instance, a well-known writer such as Amy Tan might be presumed to create narrative perspectives centered only on Chinese or Chinese American characters, which in turn illuminate only Asian American social contexts. The book analyzes these simplifications and to unravel the bind among author, narrative perspective, and fictional world by exploring a large and equally important literary archive.

Keywords:   autoethnographic valences, Asian American fiction, Asian American writers, Amy Tan, Asian American social contexts

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