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Asylum SpeakersCaribbean Refugees and Testimonial Discourse$
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April Shemak

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823233557

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823233557.001.0001

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/ Crossing the Threshold of Asylum: Dominican and Cuban (Post)Refugee Narratives

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Asylum Speakers

April Shemak

Fordham University Press

Central to this discussion is Gayatri Spivak's theorization of the post-1965 “New Immigrant” as native informant who becomes a site of metropolitan desire to “know” the Third World. As such, the New Immigrant has been cast as a bearer of authentic knowledge of the native space, resulting in “cultural museumization.” Spivak also traces the way in which immigrants, particularly elite Third World postcolonial critics in the U.S. academy, have served as native informants in metropolitan spaces. Some do so willingly, while others may be consigned to the position through institutional forces that cast them as “experts” on the Third World because of their origins. Spivak argues against the desire to see immigrants as informants on their native places.

Keywords:   Gayatri Spivak, Dominican, Cuban, immigrants, Third World, informants

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