Writing Selves in Diaspora

Writing Selves in Diaspora : Ethnography of Autobiographics of Korean Women in Japan and the United States

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Linking autobiographic writings by Korean women in Japan and the United States and the author's ethnographic insights, Writing Selves in Diaspora presents an original, profound, and powerful intervention-both literary and anthropological-in our understanding of life in diaspora, being female, and forming selves. Each chapter offers unique and original discussion on the intersection between gender and diaspora on one hand and the process of the self's formation on the other. Chapters are mutually engaging, yet have independent themes to explore: language and self, romantic love, exile and totalitarianism, the ethic of care, and critique of medicalization of identity. Through the introduction of women's lives and introspection and interpretation accorded to them, this book delivers an unprecedented text of candor and courage. This book will have appeal for both academic and intellectually-informed lay readers interested in gender, self, and diaspora.show more

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  • Hardback | 246 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 22mm | 480.81g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739129015
  • 9780739129012

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Ryang takes us deep into diasporic vulnerability through a beautifully interlaced narrative that links historical and political circumstances with the personal experiences of Korean women. Her dazzling insights force us to acknowledge the astonishing complexity of human displacement and to radically restructure our understanding of human rights, citizenship, and homeland identity. -- Laura Miller, Loyola University Chicagoshow more

About Sonia Ryang

Sonia Ryang is associate professor of anthropology and international studies at the University of Iowa.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 1. Many Ways to Be Korean-and Something Else: An Inquiry into the Self Chapter 3 2. Love and Diaspora: Romantic Autobiography of a Korean Woman in Japan Chapter 4 3. A Letter from Afar: Totalitarianism, Neoliberalism, and Self-Reference Chapter 5 4. Diaspora and the Ethic of Care: A Note on Disability, Aging, and the Vulnerability of the De-nationalized Chapter 6 5. Terra Incognita: Family Maps of Diasporashow more

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