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Modern Minority -The term suggests a certain compliance. The model way of being a minority is to be a silent minority. To exist within the majority without being too loud -the idea is accompanied by a certain set of stereotypes about the complaint Asian. The emasculated Asian. -In contrast to the “loudness” of Latinos and Africa-American. -The idea of culture that culturally, Asians are better equipped to succeed in American because they do better at math and the family structure pushes them toward success -these stereotypes are maintained not only by media, but by an Asian sense of self- understanding A few of current number, -As of 2000, AA made up 4% of American population The Generations -Owing to recent arrival of many Asian immigrant, 65%of the foreign Whitehead on the Ethnic Bildungsroman Your parents packed their beds and took a chance on a dream called America. From RASTERN Europe and the Mediterranean, Bangladesh and Beijing. Then you came along, with all your surly second—generation-ness, an you wondered, why do they eat that food, their accent is so heavy, why can’t they leave me alone and let me play baseball? For POSTIMMIGRANT subjectivity -A sense among this generation that immigration is a distant memory, yet an experience that continues to shape the decisions they make in subtle and surprising ways as they go about the complicated business of everyday living. -Immigration is no longer the sole motor for narrative or life. Mother vs Daughter in “Rules of Game” Mother, -Invisible Strengths rules of life -Upward mobility -Skepticism about American rules -Lau Po Waverly -Chinatown through different eyes -Great American hope -Chess and the rules of life -Learning invisible Strength
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“Gogol” MM Immigrant narrative -PhD; marriages; children; suburbs -the house -cultural difference -Gogol’s public/private split -Coming together of father and son Post immigrant narrative -on time -Ashoke and Gogol -the issue of names Nov 17 The Good woman -Bharati Mukherjee (1959-) -The Middleman and other stories -Jhumpa Lahiri (1967-) -Interpreter of Maladies (Pulitzer) Anna May Wong -Kim on women (210) -Chinese-American movie star from the 1920s. -Often played the role of sexy kitten -Rejected in China for being too American; never fully embraced in America. Abindranath Tagore’s “Bharat Mata” The recasting of Tradition -Clothing -Secular learning -Food -Religion Dealing with the loss of status: the return of Mother India -Material success: Model minority -Essentially Indian, as defined by tradition -Women as wives take on the role of tradition Mukherjee on Ameica
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-it’s a clear-eyed but definite love of America. It’s aware of the brutalities, the violence’s her, but in the long run my characters are survivors….i feel there are
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