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ERIC Number: EJ760982
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0005-2604
The Asian American Fakeness Canon, 1972-2002
Oishi, Eve
Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, v32 n1 p197-204 Spr 2007
The year 1972 can be seen to inaugurate not a tradition of Asian American New York theater, but the rich and multigenre collection of writing that the author has called "the Asian American fakeness canon." The fakeness canon refers to a collection of writings that take as one of their central points of reference the question of cultural and ethnic authenticity. By claiming for themselves a superior standard of authenticity, by accusing other writers of fakeness, by defending their work from these charges, or by commenting on the debates, the creative writers, journalists, and scholars of the fakeness canon have produced a particularly gendered and historicized narrative through which authenticity and fakeness are understood within Asian American culture. This essay focuses specifically on the central literary figures of the fakeness canon: Frank Chin, Maxine Hong Kingston, and David Henry Hwang. The purpose of this essay is not to revisit the original texts or arguments of this conflict, nor to choose sides, but rather to consider the ways in which the players in this debate are participating in the production of an influential origin story about the invention of an Asian American literary canon. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York