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Ethnic Supplementarity and the Ornamental Text: Asian American and Asian Australian Diasporic Literary Production

Olivia Khoo

in The Chinese Exotic

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9789622098794
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207516 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622098794.003.0004
Ethnic Supplementarity and the Ornamental Text: Asian American and Asian Australian Diasporic Literary Production

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This chapter examines how diasporic Chinese femininity, as translated through cross-over films, can also be produced through mimetic forms of reading and writing. It also examines how ethnicity is produced both within and across different diasporic contexts, and explores how ethnicity functions as a supplement by interrogating the detailing of heterosexuality as a way of reproducing and perpetuating ethnic identity. The chapter focuses on the Asian-Australian example to show how whiteness operates as an ornamental detail that works in tandem with discourses of heterosexuality within a specific regional context. It also highlights the novel Memoirs of a Geisha as a marker of the successful production of ethnicity in a diasporic, cross-cultural context through mimesis.

Keywords: Chinese femininity; cross-over films; mimetic forms; ethnicity; heterosexuality; Asian Australian; Geisha; mimesis

Chapter.  14985 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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