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Flashpoints for Asian American Studies$
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Cathy J. Schlund-Vials

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823278602

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823278602.001.0001

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What Is Passed On (Or, Why We Need Sweetened Condensed Milk for the Soul)

What Is Passed On (Or, Why We Need Sweetened Condensed Milk for the Soul)

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(p.268) Chapter 16 What Is Passed On (Or, Why We Need Sweetened Condensed Milk for the Soul)
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Flashpoints for Asian American Studies
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Brandy Liên Worrall-Soriano

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823278602.003.0017

Dialogically fixed to the previous chapter, “On Asian/American Memory, Illness, and Passing” engages the personal as a means of reflecting upon the political. In particular, Worrall-Soriano—whose recently published cancer memoir, What Doesn’t Kill Us (2014) has received much critical acclaim—reflects upon how the field of Asian American studies, notwithstanding its preoccupations with state-authorized conflict and trauma, has historically failed to deal with widespread stigmatizations involving illness. Worrall-Soriano maps these omissions via a creative non-fiction exploration of her familial past; such forays, which assume the form of intergenerational palimpsest, bring to light the degree to which Asian American studies remains—in the face of teleology and despite critical movement—a post-traumatic stressed engagement.

Keywords:   disability studies, illness, memory, trauma, Vietnam War

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