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Issue Details: First known date: 1997... 1997 Swallowing Clouds
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  • Dedication: For Syn, Anthony, Li-Yu.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1997 .
      Extent: xii, 306 p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Portrait of the author on cover.
      ISBN: 0140269932
    • Hopewell, New Jersey,
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
      :
      Ecco Press ,
      1999 .
      Extent: 306p.
      ISBN: 0880016442

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Reincarnation: The Orientalist Stereotypes Amelberga Astuti , 2014 single work criticism
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'In her third novel The Hundred Secret Senses (1995), Amy Tan uses the notion of reincarnation, which shows her exploitation of the exotic East that reaffirms the stereotypes of Orientalism. The question that has to be raised is whether Tan’s use of the concept of reincarnation to reinforce Orientalist stereotypes is also to be found in those Asian-Australian novels that use the concept of reincarnation in their representations of Australia’s multiethnic society. This paper examines how the Asian-Australian writers use the concept of reincarnation to explore the individuals’ dislocated experiences in relation to their search of identity. I explore the symbolic narratives of reincarnation in two novels by Asian-Australian women writers: Dewi Anggraeni’s second novel Parallel Forces (1988) and Lillian Ng’s second novel Swallowing Clouds (1997). Each novel deals with a woman protagonist who is the reincarnation of a woman who lived centuries ago. Employing multi-settings of the novels in Asia and Australia, the writers have established connections between Western and Eastern cultures in an Orientalism context. In this paper, I suggest that these Asian-Australian women writers attempt to challenge Orientalist stereotypes through the theme of reincarnation in different ways.' (Publication abstract)
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'This article considers the link between consumption, cuisine and agency in fiction by Asian Australian writers, Hsu-Ming Teo, Simone Lazaroo and Lillian Ng. It argues that the issue of whether these writers employ an oppositional poetics during the process of textualising or fictionalisng their experience and reactions to racialised and gendered practices can be addressed through an evaluation of their deployment of the food metaphor. In other words, do these writers challenge the assumption of a monolithic national identity in which Australian multiculturalism is equated with eating or tasting but disavowing the other?' (499)
Writing Chinese Diaspora : After the 'White Australia Policy' Deborah L. Madsen , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Down Under : Australian Literary Studies Reader 2009; (p. 263-270) Australian Made : A Multicultural Reader 2010; (p. 158-172)
An overview of Chinese-Australian writing.
Seeing Double : The Quest for Chineseness in Australia Wenche Ommundsen , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cultural Studies and Literary Theory , no. 16 2008; (p. 90-109)
'Chinese and other Asians, this essay argues, performed a structural function in the developing national consciousness of Australia as the racial/cultural Other against which the national self was defined and towards which its fears and desires could be projected. Today, Chinese Australian writers use the image of the double to explore their own position in the national psyche. To what extent, they ask, is it possible to imagine a merging of Asian and Australian, observer and observed, representation and self-construction? Is the Chinese-antipodean identity always a site of conflict and contradiction or can it be lived as a happier kind of hybridity?' -- Author's abstract
Exotic Pleasures Xavier Pons , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Messengers of Eros : Representations of Sex in Australian Writing 2009; (p. 293-315)
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    China,
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    East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
  • Sydney, New South Wales,
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