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Drawing New Color LinesTransnational Asian American Graphic Narratives$
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Monica Chiu

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139385

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139385.001.0001

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Emotions as Landscapes

Emotions as Landscapes

Specters of Asian American Racialization in Shaun Tan’s Graphic Narratives

(p.144) (p.145) 7 Emotions as Landscapes
Drawing New Color Lines

Jeffrey Santa Ana

Hong Kong University Press

Jeffrey Santa Ana argues how the work of Australian-Chinese-Malay Shaun Tan figuratively illustrates how Australia has been slow to acknowledge its past discrimination against Chinese immigrants and Aboriginal people prior to and under White Australia Policy (from the 1850s to 1973). His images suggest that to forget this racist century is to be dislocated and alienated from history and from the land. In his essay “Emotions as Landscapes: Specters of Asian American Racialization in Shaun Tan’s Graphic Narratives,” Santa Ana makes further connections to the discrimination suffered by Chinese laborers to North America, referencing Maxine Hong Kingston’s China Men, to forge connections between two histories of Chinese immigration across two continents.

Keywords:   Asian American, Graphic novels, Comic Artists, Race, Asia, America, Caricatures, Manga, Visual studies, Pop Culture

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