2. Late Arrivals: An Ethics of Betrayal in Racial and National Formation

Crystal Parikh

in An Ethics of Betrayal

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230426
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235070 | DOI:

Series: American Literatures Initiative

2. Late Arrivals: An Ethics of Betrayal in Racial and National Formation

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This chapter investigates betrayal as a matter of diasporic difference in racial and national formation. It reads paradigm shifts in U. S. ethnic studies and critical race theory to transnational and diaspora studies as an ethical betrayal of claims to citizenship and the formation of the minority American subject. By closely reading two Asian American works, Frank Chin's The Chickencoop Chinaman and Gish Jen's Mona in the Promised Land, which seem singularly concerned with claiming (Asian) American national identity, it argues that minority discourse remains responsible for the Other who has been foreclosed at its very inception. In their injunctions to think “other-wise,” these narratives pose the ethicopolitical project as an interminable and irrecusable process that the texts, in conversation with one another, enact.

Keywords: betrayal; diasporic difference; citizenship; The Chickencoop Chinaman; Mona in the Promised Land; Asian Americans; national identity; minority discourse

Chapter.  15077 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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