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Relative HistoriesMediating History in Asian American Family Memoirs$
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Rocío G. Davis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834586

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834586.001.0001

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We’re Everywhere

We’re Everywhere

Asian Diasporic Transnational Families

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(p.140) Chapter 7 We’re Everywhere
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Relative Histories
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Rocío G. Davis

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834586.003.0007

This book has explored the family narratives of Asian diasporic subjects that explain particular histories by juxtaposing public events with private experiences, thus revealing the ways in which ethnic identity is constructed (or reconstructed) within the experience of diaspora. By having access to these stories, readers are able to understand the development of particular ethnic communities, as the narratives support the production of a history and culture for the community. Writers of family memoirs deliberately promote their texts as community artifacts in the context of developing ethnic discourse. The book has also highlighted the motivations that inspire subjects of the Asian diaspora to write about their families, particularly the desire to contribute to collective memory. In this final chapter, the author reflects on the transnationalism and transculturalism of the family by narrating how the Philippines became the place where people from different countries became her family.

Keywords:   ethnic identity, ethnic communities, family memoirs, Asian diaspora, collective memory, transnationalism, transculturalism, Philippines

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