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Oceanic Archives, Indigenous Epistemologies, and Transpacific American Studies$
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Yuan Shu, Otto Heim, and Kendall Johnson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9789888455775

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888455775.001.0001

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Maxine Hong Kingston’s Transpacific Imagination

Maxine Hong Kingston’s Transpacific Imagination

From the Talk Story of the “No-Name Woman” to the Book of Peace

(p.172) 8 Maxine Hong Kingston’s Transpacific Imagination
Oceanic Archives, Indigenous Epistemologies, and Transpacific American Studies

Yuan Shu

Hong Kong University Press

In juxtaposing The Fifth Book of Peace with The Woman Warrior, this essay argues that Kingston has moved away from the narrative role as a native informant and presents a new multicultural United States by inventing a Chinese American epistemology and intervening in US imperialism around the globe. Such a move substantiates Mignolo’s theory of “global decolonial thinking,” a critical process that reclaims non-Western notions of humanity and epistemology.

Keywords:   Native informant, The Fifth Book of Peace, The Woman Warrior, Pacifism, Maxine Hong Kingston, Transpacific imagination

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