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An Ethics of BetrayalThe Politics of Otherness in Emergent U.S. Literatures and Culture$
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Crystal Parikh

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230426

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823230426.001.0001

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2. Late Arrivals: An Ethics of Betrayal in Racial and National Formation

2. Late Arrivals: An Ethics of Betrayal in Racial and National Formation

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(p.29) 2. Late Arrivals: An Ethics of Betrayal in Racial and National Formation
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An Ethics of Betrayal
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Crystal Parikh

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823230426.003.0002

This chapter investigates betrayal as a matter of diasporic difference in racial and national formation. It reads paradigm shifts in U. S. ethnic studies and critical race theory to transnational and diaspora studies as an ethical betrayal of claims to citizenship and the formation of the minority American subject. By closely reading two Asian American works, Frank Chin's The Chickencoop Chinaman and Gish Jen's Mona in the Promised Land, which seem singularly concerned with claiming (Asian) American national identity, it argues that minority discourse remains responsible for the Other who has been foreclosed at its very inception. In their injunctions to think “other-wise,” these narratives pose the ethicopolitical project as an interminable and irrecusable process that the texts, in conversation with one another, enact.

Keywords:   betrayal, diasporic difference, citizenship, The Chickencoop Chinaman, Mona in the Promised Land, Asian Americans, national identity, minority discourse

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