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Southern Min (Hokkien) as a Migrating Language: A Comparative Study of Language Shift and Maintenance across National Borders by Picus Sizhi Ding (review)

Southern Min (Hokkien) as a Migrating Language: A Comparative Study of Language Shift and... 128 China Review International: Vol. 21, No. 2, 2014 figures such as Soong Mayling, US diplomats, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt, with his own radicalization during the Cold War and subsequent trips to China, offer an intimate look at how these "mentalities" played out for Chinese Americans and the encounters with America and what it signified, albeit differently, for him and his father. These brief vignettes stand out, making me wonder how this book might have been different had there been more Chinese American voices included in the story. How did Chinese Americans respond to these particular "destinarian attitudes" and what are the different ways that they mediated the US­China relationship in their communities and beyond? Fateful Ties is a timely book that offers a historical perspective to reflect upon the contradictory representations of China and Chinese people within US­China relations today. Chang's critical reflection on these relationships emphasizes the role of culture in shaping how they are experienced on an everyday level. His attention to the expansive cultural presence of China within US culture offers an "awareness of the continuities and challenges that this relationship embodies" for Americans today (p. 261). Brian Su-Jen Chung Brian Su-Jen Chung http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Southern Min (Hokkien) as a Migrating Language: A Comparative Study of Language Shift and Maintenance across National Borders by Picus Sizhi Ding (review)

China Review International , Volume 21 (2) – Nov 28, 2014

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128 China Review International: Vol. 21, No. 2, 2014 figures such as Soong Mayling, US diplomats, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt, with his own radicalization during the Cold War and subsequent trips to China, offer an intimate look at how these "mentalities" played out for Chinese Americans and the encounters with America and what it signified, albeit differently, for him and his father. These brief vignettes stand out, making me wonder how this book might have been different had there been more Chinese American voices included in the story. How did Chinese Americans respond to these particular "destinarian attitudes" and what are the different ways that they mediated the US­China relationship in their communities and beyond? Fateful Ties is a timely book that offers a historical perspective to reflect upon the contradictory representations of China and Chinese people within US­China relations today. Chang's critical reflection on these relationships emphasizes the role of culture in shaping how they are experienced on an everyday level. His attention to the expansive cultural presence of China within US culture offers an "awareness of the continuities and challenges that this relationship embodies" for Americans today (p. 261). Brian Su-Jen Chung Brian Su-Jen Chung

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China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Nov 28, 2014

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