Translocating Identity in Sino-Indian Diasporic Literature: Kwai-Yun Liâ€™s <i>The Last Dragon Dance<i>
The Last Dragon Dance and Other Stories (2008) by Kwai-Yun Li is a collection of short stories that trace a triangular trajectory of geographical movement from origin in China, birth and growing up in India and then emigration to America. Kwai-Yun Li is a diasporic writer who just does not move from one country to another but also inhabits an intermediary home at some point of time in her life. This paper examines the themes of the twice-migrant Sino-South Asian diaspora and focuses on where we can situate writing that is Chinese in ethnicity, Indian in upbringing and North American in location. The stories in the collection are set among the Chinese community in Calcutta in the 1950s and 60s. In locating the stories in Calcutta, Kwai-Yun seems to displace the importance of the West and of the home country, a displacement it achieves by describing the tension, richness and complexity of Chinese life in India.
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