Asianfail : Narratives of Disenchantment and the Model Minority

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Eleanor Ty's bold exploration of literature, plays, and film reveals how young Asian Americans and Asian Canadians have struggled with the ethos of self-sacrifice preached by their parents. This new generation's narratives focus on protagonists disenchanted with their daily lives. Many are depressed. Some are haunted by childhood memories of war, trauma, and refugee camps. Rejecting an obsession with professional status and money, they seek fulfillment by prioritizing relationships, personal growth, and cultural success. As Ty shows, these storytellers have done more than reject a narrowly defined road to happiness. They have rejected neoliberal capitalism itself. In so doing, they demand that the rest of us reconsider our outmoded ideas about the so-called model more

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  • Paperback | 172 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 15.24mm | 498.95g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252082354
  • 9780252082351
  • 1,496,853

Review quote

"Offers sharp and insightful close readings in contemporary film and literature. It lays out the challenges that Asian North Americans, particularly those of a younger generation, are facing and the ways that cultural producers are responding."--Christine Kim, author of The Minor Intimacies of Race: Asian Publics in North America "With Asianfail, Eleanor Ty continues her important work in literary studies that invigorates ongoing debates over the meaning of Asian difference in North American culture. Her book is a welcome set of insightful essays illuminating key aspects, contexts, and stakes of contemporary Asian North American cultural politics. By focusing on failure and agency, her work here brings new and needed perspectives on such issues as trauma, depression, and aging."--Victor Bascara, UCLAshow more

About Eleanor Ty

Eleanor Ty is a professor of English and film studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario. She is the author of Unfastened: Globality and Asian North American Narratives and coeditor of Canadian Literature and Cultural more