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Chinese Cubans: A Transnational History by Kathleen López (review)

Chinese Cubans: A Transnational History by Kathleen López (review) The notion of women's experience is a valid basis for feminist literary analysis to the extent that it is taken as a socio-cultural category evolving with its historically specific context and as a ground for the formation of female subjection and subjectivity. As an institution of gender, the gui indeed determined the ways in which women participated in literary production, and to identify the common experiences of a certain group of women that help constitute meanings attached to the female gender is not to pointlessly pursue "an ideal of quintessential female experience." (p. 16) The author has made a persuasive argument here. Postmodernism has inspired us to question conventional value constructs and, thus, offered us alternate perspectives of the world. Often than not, however, its overtly power-focused, deconstructive approach may easily lead us to a nihilistic vision of history and culture. Consequently, many valuable achievements in the human history might be overlooked again before they even have had the chance to expose themselves. The literate tradition of Chinese women is among these neglected values. The author has worked unwaveringly toward her setup goals without surrendering to some trendy jargons. To do so takes solid learning, confidence, courage, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Chinese Cubans: A Transnational History by Kathleen López (review)

China Review International , Volume 20 (1) – Jan 22, 2013

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Abstract

The notion of women's experience is a valid basis for feminist literary analysis to the extent that it is taken as a socio-cultural category evolving with its historically specific context and as a ground for the formation of female subjection and subjectivity. As an institution of gender, the gui indeed determined the ways in which women participated in literary production, and to identify the common experiences of a certain group of women that help constitute meanings attached to the female gender is not to pointlessly pursue "an ideal of quintessential female experience." (p. 16) The author has made a persuasive argument here. Postmodernism has inspired us to question conventional value constructs and, thus, offered us alternate perspectives of the world. Often than not, however, its overtly power-focused, deconstructive approach may easily lead us to a nihilistic vision of history and culture. Consequently, many valuable achievements in the human history might be overlooked again before they even have had the chance to expose themselves. The literate tradition of Chinese women is among these neglected values. The author has worked unwaveringly toward her setup goals without surrendering to some trendy jargons. To do so takes solid learning, confidence, courage, and

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China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 22, 2013

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