d i f f e r e n c e s choice. The student of Chinese American literature is fortunate that Edith made the choice to tell the truth. (65) Wongâs âtruthâ is, to quote Slavoj Zizek, âa traumatic, senseless injunction.â Zizekâs analysis of how ideology makes its subjects for its own autonomous purposes illuminates how a central discourse in Asian American cultural criticism is dedicated to the production of Asian American ethnicity as a sublime and socially futile object. This object initiates a discourse, a model minority discourse, that animates Asian American cultural criticism, despite its belief that it resists âmainstreamâ cultural ideology. One of the central ï¬aws of the âgoodâ versus âbadâ sister discourse about the Eaton sisters is the inability of the ethnic nationalist criticism that is invested in it to confront the capitalism of its own logic. This logic emerges in yearnings such as Wongâs for an ethnic singularity that can provide a bounded sense of coherence and âtruthâ to the discipline. When this quest for ideal and singular ethnic capital encounters the Eaton sisters, the result is the distortion of their complex, hybrid lives as Canadian-raised âEurasians of mixed ancestry.â By what standard
differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies – Duke University Press
Published: Jan 1, 1999
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