In Her Mother's House: The Politics of Asian American Mother-Daughter Writing

In Her Mother's House: The Politics of Asian American Mother-Daughter Writing

by Wendy Ho

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Overview

Unwilling to see Asian American women silenced beneath the noisy discourses of feminists, cultural nationalists, and Eurocentric historians, Wendy Ho turns to specific spoken stories of mothers and daughters. Against reductive tendencies of scholarship, she places her own conversations with her China-born grandmother and her U.S.-born mother and her own readings of other Asian American women writers. She finds in the writings of Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, and Fae Myenne Ng not only complex mother-daughter relationships but many-faceted relationships to fathers, family, community, and culture. Always resisting the simplistic explanations, In Her Mother's House brings Asian American women's experience as mothers and daughters to the forefront of gender and ethnicity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742503373
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 01/28/2000
Series: Critical Perspectives on Asian Pacific Americans Series , #5
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Wendy Ho teaches at the University of California, Davis

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments9
1Beneath the Pirie Mango Tree: The Self Talking-Story about Mothers and Daughters11
2Feminist Recovery and Reception: Chinese American Mother-Daughter Stories31
3The Traffic in Women: Migration and Representation63
4Outlaw Brotherhood: Cultural Nationalism and the Politics of Mother-Daughter Discourses85
5Desire in the Desert: The Self Talking-Story in Maxine Hong Kingston's Mother-Daughter Stories117
6Losing Your Innocence But Not Your Hope: Amy Tan's Joy Luck Mothers and Coca-Cola Daughters149
7The Heart Never Travels: Fathers in the Mother-Daughter Stories of Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, and Fae Myenne Ng195
8Coda: The Political Heart of the Matter233
References245
Index275

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