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07 April 2014 @ 06:50 pm
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Hey Paul, Stephen, et. al.

Do you know of any Asian American texts out there, particularly memoir or fiction (as opposed to academic essays or studies) that deal with emotional abuse in Asian American families? I couldn't think of any off the top of my head that weren't about physical abuse or Korean adoptee nonfiction, and I have a friend interested in knowing if there's a niche of writing out there on this topic. Any ideas you have would be really helpful!

Thanks,
Kelsay

P.S. Sorry I haven't been around in a long time! I haven't been reading much that isn't psychological theory since I moved to California!!! Yikes...
 
 
shadowy duck: pic#118449936pylduck on April 8th, 2014 02:23 am (UTC)
Hmmmm. I'm thinking that maybe some feminist texts would offer some interesting depictions of emotional abuse in marital relations and maybe in other types of familial relations. All I can think of are texts that also deal with physical abuse or where there is some mental illness in a family member that leads to some emotional abuse of others.... like Shani Mootoo's Cereus Blooms at Night, which has a few characters who have difficult parents or other family figures in their lives. And maybe also Yuko Taniguchi's novel The Ocean in the Closet.

On a broader scale, many of the mother-daughter narratives out there might be characterized as depictions of some emotional abuse with the difficult demands of the mothers (in part, I think this is the argument of erin Khuê Ninh's The Debt-Bound Daughter).

I'll keep thinking... Let me know if there is any particular type of emotional abuse your friend is thinking about....
stephenhongsohn on April 9th, 2014 05:13 pm (UTC)
agreed: i tend to think emotional/ physical abuse works in tandem in most novels... even in the case where there isn't physical abuse, i think the question is the definition of the abuse (thus gratitude)

lan samantha chang's hunger i think might work (for the ignored daughter anna) and generally the mess of the father figure (Tian)

will think on it some more
stephenhongsohn on April 9th, 2014 05:15 pm (UTC)
memoirs: i think anything with Japanese American internment will work there; Where the Body meets Memory by David Mura would I think work...also Turning Japanese