Of Orphans and Warriors: Inventing Chinese American Culture and Identity Gloria H. Chun

ISBN: 9780813527086

Published: November 1st 1999

Hardcover

216 pages


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Of Orphans and Warriors: Inventing Chinese American Culture and Identity  by  Gloria H. Chun

Of Orphans and Warriors: Inventing Chinese American Culture and Identity by Gloria H. Chun
November 1st 1999 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 216 pages | ISBN: 9780813527086 | 3.24 Mb

We were as American as can be, states Jadin Wong in recalling the days when she used to dance at a San Francisco nightclub during the 1940s. Wong belonged to an all-Chinese chorus line at a time when all East Asians were called Orientals. In thisMoreWe were as American as can be, states Jadin Wong in recalling the days when she used to dance at a San Francisco nightclub during the 1940s.

Wong belonged to an all-Chinese chorus line at a time when all East Asians were called Orientals. In this context, then, what did it mean for Wong, an American-born Chinese, to say that she thought of herself as an American? Of Orphans and Warriors explores the social and cultural history of largely urban, American-born Chinese from the 1930s through the 1990s, focusing primarily on those living in California.

Chun thus opens a window onto the ways in which these Americans born of Chinese ancestry negotiated their identity over a half century.Past scholarship has portrayed these individuals as desiring to assimilate into mainstream American culture, but being prevented from doing so by the immigrant parent generation.

Taking a new approach, Chun uses memoirs, autobiographies, and fictional writings to unravel complex issues of ethnic identity as both culturally defined and individually negotiated. She concludes that , while indeed many Chinese Americans were caught between the lures of mainstream American culture and their parents old-world values, this liminal position offered them unprecedented opportunities to carve out new identities for themselves from a position of strength.



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