Review, Compositional Subjects, Enfiguring Asian American Women

Perhaps kangs engagement with her compositional

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Unformatted text preview: litics (1996), for example, articulates concerns with the essentialist trajectories of identity, and urges instead a focus on the heterogeneity, hybridity, and multiplicity of the “socially constructed unity” of Asian Americans. Perhaps Kang’s engagement with her compositional subjects most clearly expresses the need to reconsider identity and disciplinarity along these lines when she writes: “Rather than a further descent into some hidden interiority or a more encompassing coverage of their gender, sexual, class, ethnic, and national identities, I stress what the contradictory claims made about, by, and for Asian/American women might suggest about the instability and REVIEWS • 219 inadequacy of those generic delineations of individuality and collectivity” (2–3). Such critiques of identity as Kang’s offer possibilities for radically altering the structures of academic life and its associated disciplinary regimes of knowledge production. One strand of this project involves considering seriously the question of whether our current understandings of agency implicitly suggest that marginalized peoples are best able to create resistance practices that are in fact grounded in oppressive ideologies, strategies, and structures. Only then can we be assured that the “certainty and authority of a naming” is not discouraging “alternative possibilities for identification,” as Kang pu...
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This note was uploaded on 11/17/2009 for the course HISTORY 131405 taught by Professor Kate during the Three '09 term at University of Melbourne.

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