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The Chinese ExoticModern Diasporic Femininity$
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Olivia Khoo

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098794

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098794.001.0001

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Ethnic Supplementarity and the Ornamental Text: Asian American and Asian Australian Diasporic Literary Production

Ethnic Supplementarity and the Ornamental Text: Asian American and Asian Australian Diasporic Literary Production

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The Chinese Exotic
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Olivia Khoo

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622098794.003.0004

This chapter examines how diasporic Chinese femininity, as translated through cross-over films, can also be produced through mimetic forms of reading and writing. It also examines how ethnicity is produced both within and across different diasporic contexts, and explores how ethnicity functions as a supplement by interrogating the detailing of heterosexuality as a way of reproducing and perpetuating ethnic identity. The chapter focuses on the Asian-Australian example to show how whiteness operates as an ornamental detail that works in tandem with discourses of heterosexuality within a specific regional context. It also highlights the novel Memoirs of a Geisha as a marker of the successful production of ethnicity in a diasporic, cross-cultural context through mimesis.

Keywords:   Chinese femininity, cross-over films, mimetic forms, ethnicity, heterosexuality, Asian Australian, Geisha, mimesis

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