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The Politics of Geography

The Politics of Geography

Or, a Troping of Asian American Spatial Imagination

(p.1) One The Politics of Geography
Across Meridians
Stanford University Press

This chapter offers a theoretical discussion of the contributions Japanese-American writer Karen Tei Yamashita in relation to debates over postmodern space and location, literary avant-garde and commercial and mass cultural forms, and the question of referent in Asian American cultural studies. It identifies three primary contributions that she has made to transnational Asian American literary practice. These include her reconstitution of knowledge about Asian American experiences, her intervention in an increasingly commercialized American culture, and her fashioning of a micropolitical strategy for building interethnic and interdisciplinary alliances through literary representation.

Keywords:   Karen Tei Yamashita, cultural studies, transnational literary practice, American culture, interethnic alliances, literary representation

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