Postcolonial History and National Identity in Shirley Geok-lin Lim’s <i>Among the White Moon Faces</i>, <i>Joss and Gold</i> and Li-Young Lee’s<i> The Winged Seed</i>

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  • Walter S.H. Lim, National University of Singapore

Abstract

Malaysia-born Shirley Lim and Indonesia-born Li-Young Lee are first-generation Chinese American authors associated with the Southeast Asian diaspora. In their literary work Among the White Moon Faces, Joss and Gold, and The Winged Seed, Lim and Lee draw the reader into the world of early twentieth-century Southeast Asia, a world shaped by Malaysia’s and Indonesia’s emergence into the postcolonial condition. For both Lim and Lee, independence is the start of an often complex process of nation building and the creation of a national identity that cannot be extricated from the politics of race relations. In this essay, I analyse Lim’s and Lee’s representation of race politics in post-independence Malaysia and Indonesia, highlighting the importance of postcolonial history in the writing of Chinese diasporic identities.

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Author Biography

Walter S.H. Lim, National University of Singapore

Walter S.H. Lim is Associate Professor of English Literature at the National University of Singapore. He is the author of The Arts of Empire: The Poetics of Colonialism from Ralegh to Milton (1998); John Milton, Radical Politics, and Biblical Republicanism (2006); and Narratives of Diaspora: Representations of Asia in Chinese American Literature (2013). He is also co-editor of The English Renaissance, Orientalism, and the Idea of Asia (2010).

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Published

2014-06-15

How to Cite

Lim, National University of Singapore, W. S. (2014). Postcolonial History and National Identity in Shirley Geok-lin Lim’s &lt;i&gt;Among the White Moon Faces&lt;/i&gt;, &lt;i&gt;Joss and Gold&lt;/i&gt; and Li-Young Lee’s&lt;i&gt; The Winged Seed&lt;/i&gt;. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 8(1), 114–130. Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/asiatic/index.php/ajell/article/view/457

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Articles on Shirley Geok-lin Lim