Culture, Identity, Commodity is a pioneering work focused on diasporic Chinese literary production in English. It provides broad-ranging, critically-engaged textual analyses that address the dynamic area of diasporic Chinese literary studies from American, Australian, and Canadian perspectives. The invative research in this collection comes from established and emerging scholars who draw on threads of transnational, postcolonial, globalization, and racialization theories to engage with a broad range of texts including vels, autobiographies, plays and Chinese cooking shows. In so doing, the authors examine issues of cultural and racial identity, the politics of Chinese-ness and the commodification of race/ethnicity, and negotiations of belonging in contemporary Western society. The breadth and depth of the volume's twelve chapters and critical introduction encapsulate vital components of this active research field. The book is a handy reference and critical work for researchers and students and others interested in diasporic Chinese literatures in English, contextualizing national conditions and interrogating the thematics of diasporic and transnational experiences. The volume will be of interest to those researching in diasporic Asian studies, Chinese and English literatures, Australian, Canadian or American literary studies, as well as lay readers interested in intercultural creative and cultural issues.
TSEEN KHOO is a Monash University Research Fellow, Melbourne, Australia. She has published on Asian-Australian cultural production and politics, multicultural/race issues in Australia, and Asian-Canadian literature. She is the author of Banana Bending: Asian-Australian and Asian-Canadian Literatures (2003), and co-editor of Diaspora: Negotiating Asian Australia (2000). Her current research interests include formations of Asian diasporic literary studies, and critically locating narratives of Asian-Australian public history. She created, and currently manages, the Asian-Australian academic discussion list. KAM LOUIE is Chair Professor of Chinese Studies and Head of the China and Korea Centre at the Australian National University. He has published over ten books and fifty book chapters and articles on Chinese culture. Recent books include Chinese Literature in the Twentieth Century (with Bonnie McDougall; 1997), The Politics of Chinese Language and Culture (with Bob Hodge; 1998), and Theorising Chinese Masculinity (2002). He had also co-edited Asian Masculinities (with Morris Low; 2003). He is chief editor of the Asian Studies Review, Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a member of the Australia-China Council.