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Author Ty, Eleanor, author

Title Asianfail : narratives of disenchantment and the model minority / Eleanor Ty
Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource
Series The Asian American experience
Asian American experience.
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 Precarity and the Pursuit of Unhappiness; 2 Que(e)rying the American Dream in Films of the Early Twenty-First Century; 3 Haunted Memories, Spaces, and Trauma: The Unsuccessful Immigrant; 4 Representations of Aging in Asian Canadian Performance; 5 Work, Depression, Failure; 6 Gender, Post-9/11, and Ugly Feelings; Coda; Works Cited; Index
Summary Eleanor Ty's bold exploration of literature, plays, and film reveals how young Asian Americans and Asian Canadians have struggled with the ethos of self-sacrifice preached by their parents. This new generation's narratives focus on protagonists disenchanted with their daily lives. Many are depressed. Some are haunted by childhood memories of war, trauma, and refugee camps. Rejecting an obsession with professional status and money, they seek fulfillment by prioritising relationships, personal growth, and cultural success. As Ty shows, these storytellers have done more than reject a narrowly defined road to happiness. They have rejected neoliberal capitalism itself. In so doing, they demand that the rest of us reconsider our outmoded ideas about the so-called model minority.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Asian Americans -- Ethnic identity.
Asian Americans -- Race identity.
Asians -- Race identity -- Canada.
Asians -- Canada -- Ethnic identity.
Model minority stereotype.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0252099389 (electronic bk.)
9780252099380 (electronic bk.)