Locating Asian Australian Cultures is a timely and challenging interdisciplinary compilation that sets a contemporary benchmark for Asian Australian studies and its future directions.
In the dynamic field of diasporic Asian studies, Asian Australian Studies is an emerging and contentious area. While cognisant of issues and critical developments in North America, Europe, and Asia, Asian Australian studies forges its own specific engagements with questions of identity, racialization, and nationalisms in a world of globalized cultures and movements. This book deliberately engages with international perspectives on Asian Australian studies that offer contingent connections and address crucial questions for fields that are rapidly 'de-nationalizing'.
The volume focuses on Asian Australian cultural production and identity, presenting work that interrogates notions of belonging and citizenship, representational politics, and disciplinarity in the academy. The broad-ranging essays examine the politics of Asian Australian art and literature, as well as the area's significant interventions in disciplinary formations nationally and internationally. Other essays discuss the Vietnamese War memorial in Cabramatta, notions of the 'sacrificial Asian' in contemporary films, and Chinatown sites in Australia.
This book will be essential reading not only for researchers in Asian Australian studies but also for those with an interest in Asian diaspora and Australian studies.
Table of Contents
Disciplines 1.1 Disciplining Asian Australian Studies: Projections and Introjections 1.2 Critical Response to 'Disciplining Asian Australian Studies': An Asian American Perspective 1.3 Asian Australian Studies and Asian German Studies Text 1.1 ‘Flexible Citizenship’: Strategic Chinese Identities in ‘Asian Australian’ Literature 1.2 No Place like Home: The Ambivalent Rhetoric of Hospitality in Chinese Australian Literature 1.3 Asian Australian Literature and Postcolonialism Image 1.1 Telling Stories: The Sacrificial Asian in Australian Cinema 1.2 Re-Configuring the Diasporic and Indigenous in the Art of Zhou Xiaoping 1.3 Thanatophilia: William Yang’s Sadness and the Other Community 1.4 Beyond the Provincialist Bind: Contemporaneity in Asian Australian Art Sites 1.1 Australian Chinatowns 1.2 At Cabravale Park: Recognition, Defacement, and the Vietnamese-Australian War Memorial 1.3 Identity and Bengali Australians Politics 1.1 Citizenship as a Frame of Contestation in Asian Australian Parliamentary Maiden Speeches 1.2 ‘The Tyranny of Appearance’: Chinese Australian identities and the politics of ‘difference’ 1.3 Grafton to Guangzhou: The Revolutionary Journey of Tse Tsan Tai