Beyond the Borders: The Construction of Home and Diasporic Imagination in Chinese-Canadian Women’s Writing

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Abstract

This chapter aims to explore the notion of home in contemporary Chinese Canadian women’s writing through a case study of Larissa Lai’s novel When Fox is a Thousand (1995). Focusing its analysis on the use of Chinese folktales in this novel as a way of representing diasporic imagination, this chapter will argue that the idea of home for marginalised subjects is not a fixed term related to a geographical or ethnographical locality; rather, it suggests a complex process of reconstituting diasporic subjectivities, which are unstable, shifting and shaped by historical conditions and power relationships. The rewriting of Chinese literary and cultural sources in this novel provides a new way of story-telling and constructs an alternative space as a home for blurring national borders and cultural-crossing. This understanding of home, therefore, can be reconstructed as a site defined by heterogeneous and culturally diverse boundaries, indicating individual resistance to racism, sexism and male-dominated hegemony.

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  1. 1.University of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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