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Representations: Doing Asian American Rhetoric

edited by LuMing Mao and Morris Young

Utah State University Press, 2008


Paper: 978-0-87421-724-7

eISBN: 978-0-87421-725-4

About the Book
Asian American rhetorics, produced through cultural contact between Asian traditions and US English, also comprise a dynamic influence on the cultural conditions and practices within which they move. Though always interesting to linguists and "contact language" scholars, in an increasingly globalized era, these subjects are of interest to scholars in a widening range of disciplines—especially those in rhetoric and writing studies.

Mao, Young, and their contributors propose that Asian American discourse should be seen as a spacious form, one that deliberately and selectively incorporates Asian “foreign-ness” into the English of Asian Americans. These authors offer the concept of a dynamic “togetherness-in-difference” as a way to theorize the contact and mutual influence. Chapters here explore a rich diversity of histories, theories, literary texts, and rhetorical practices. Collectively, they move the scholarly discussion toward a more nuanced, better balanced, critically informed representation of the forms of Asian American rhetorics and the cultural work that they do.
About the Author
LuMing Mao is professor of English at Miami University. He is author of Reading Chinese Fortune Cookie: The Making of Chinese American Rhetoric.

Morris Young is associate professor of English at the Univesity of Wisconsin, Madison. His book, Minor Re/Visions: Asian American Literace Narrative as a Rhetoric of Citizenship, received the 2004 W. ross Winterowd Award and the 2006 CCCC Outstanding Book Award.
The rhetorical movements of Asian Americans . . . can help teachers and students learn from the logic of non-idiomatic uses of English by users across the world.
--Min-Zhan Lu and Bruce Horner, from the foreword

Intercultural communication, Foreign speakers, Representations, Language arts, English language, Study and teaching, Writing, Intellectual life, Rhetoric, Education, Language Arts & Disciplines, United States
Open Access Information

Label: This book is freely available in digital formats through the Utah State University Library Digital Commons.

License: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0