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Elsewhere, Within Here
Immigration, Refugeeism and the Boundary Event

ISBN 9780415880220
Published September 22, 2010 by Routledge
152 Pages

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Winner of the 2012 Critics Choice Book Award of the American Educational Studies Association (AESA)

World-renowned filmmaker and feminist, postcolonial thinker Trinh T. Minh-ha is one of the most powerful and articulate voices in both independent filmmaking and cultural politics.

Elsewhere, Within Here is an engaging look at travel across national borders--as a foreigner, a tourist, an immigrant, a refugee—in a pre- and post-9/11 world. Who is welcome where? What does it mean to feel out of place in the country you call home? When does the stranger appear in these times of dark metamorphoses? These are some of the issues addressed by the author as she examines the cultural meaning and complexities of travel, immigration, home and exile. The boundary, seen both as a material and immaterial event, is where endings pass into beginnings. Building upon themes present in her earlier work on hybridity and displacement in the median passage, and illuminating the ways in which "every voyage can be said to involve a re-siting of boundaries," Trinh T. Minh-ha leads her readers through an investigation of what it means to be an insider and an outsider in this "epoch of global fear."

Elsewhere, Within Here is essential reading for those interested in contemporary feminist thought and postcolonial studies.



Table of Contents

Foreignness and The New Color of Fear

Story of the Wall

The Wall Event

The Call of The Tricolor Flag

I. Home: The Traveling Source

1. Far Away, From Home: The Comma Between

Sleepless Silence

The Tea and The Tear

The Debt of Love

Man of Tea

Children of Dragons and Immortals

The Century of Forgiveness?

2. Other Than Myself, My Other Self

Traveling Tales

A Stranger in a Strange Country

Wanderers Across Language

Their Country Is My Country

The Blue Frog

I, The Mis-seer

II. Boundary Event: Between Refuse and Refuge

3. An Acoustic Journey

Midway to Nowhere

"You Are The Battleground"

A Matter of Tuning

4. Nature's r: A Musical Swoon

Looking Back to The City of The Future

Boundary Event

Nature’s Becoming

Twilight Gray, Middle Gray

The Faded Charm of The Wolf

5. Voice Over I

Air (Your Tongue)

Earth (Your Lips)

Water (Your Saliva)

Light (The Way You Move)

6. The Paint of Music. A Performance Across Cultures

Essence – Performance

A Musical Accuracy

A Moment In and Out of Time

An Artless Balance

Making Music with Painting

III. No End in Sight

7. Mother's Talk

Stupidity and Memory

Wisdom and Memory

Wisdom’s Gender

Talk, More (Than) Talk

Tale Telling and The Texture of Memory

8. White Spring

The Page Screen

Red and Black: Voices of The Rain

Speaking Blind Through Camera Window

Death’s Voyeur: The All-in-One Diseuse

9. Detroit:

Incarcerated and Disappeared in The Land of The Free

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Trinh T. Minh-Ha is Professor of Rhetoric and of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a leading feminist theorist, award-winning filmmaker, media artist, writer, composer, and cultural critic, and author of several influential and highly regarded books. She is particularly regarded for her work as a feminist and for the explorations of postcoloniality in her work. Her website is http://www.trinhminh-ha.com/.