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‘This story does not begin on a boat’: what is Australian about Asian Australian writing?

Journal Article


Abstract


  • With reference to recent debates about the politics of representation, this paper argues that a profound ambivalence about identity, and particularly about Asian Australian identity, is a common characteristic that marks this writing as specifically Australian. Tracing cultural contexts from the 'pathologies' of Australian multicultural debates to other transnational literary traditions, the paper issues examples from the writing of Brain Castro, Alice Pung, Ouyang Yu, Nam Le, Shaun Tan, and Tom Cho to speculate on the emergence of a new and distinct phase of transnational writing in Australia.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Ommundsen, W. 2011, '‘This story does not begin on a boat’: what is Australian about Asian Australian writing?', Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 503-513.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-80051495425

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/368

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 503

End Page


  • 513

Volume


  • 25

Issue


  • 4

Abstract


  • With reference to recent debates about the politics of representation, this paper argues that a profound ambivalence about identity, and particularly about Asian Australian identity, is a common characteristic that marks this writing as specifically Australian. Tracing cultural contexts from the 'pathologies' of Australian multicultural debates to other transnational literary traditions, the paper issues examples from the writing of Brain Castro, Alice Pung, Ouyang Yu, Nam Le, Shaun Tan, and Tom Cho to speculate on the emergence of a new and distinct phase of transnational writing in Australia.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Ommundsen, W. 2011, '‘This story does not begin on a boat’: what is Australian about Asian Australian writing?', Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 503-513.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-80051495425

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/368

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 503

End Page


  • 513

Volume


  • 25

Issue


  • 4