Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee Observations on Not Fitting In

ISBN-10: 0375708553
ISBN-13: 9780375708558
Edition: N/A
Authors: Paisley Rekdal
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Description: When you come from a mixed race background as Paisley Rekdal does — her mother is Chinese American and her father is Norwegian– thorny issues of identity politics, and interracial desire are never far from the surface. Here in this hypnotic blend of  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/9/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.088
Language: English

When you come from a mixed race background as Paisley Rekdal does — her mother is Chinese American and her father is Norwegian– thorny issues of identity politics, and interracial desire are never far from the surface. Here in this hypnotic blend of personal essay and travelogue, Rekdal journeys throughout Asia to explore her place in a world where one’s “appearance is the deciding factor of one’s ethnicity.” In her soul-searching voyage, she teaches English in South Korea where her native colleagues call her a “hermaphrodite,” and is dismissed by her host family in Japan as an American despite her assertion of being half-Chinese. A visit to Taipei with her mother, who doesn’t know the dialect, leads to the bitter realization that they are only tourists, which makes her further question her identity. Written with remarkable insight and clarity, Rekdal a poet whose fierce lyricism is apparent on every page, demonstrates that the shifting frames of identity can be as tricky as they are exhilarating.

Paisley Rekdal teaches at the University of Wyoming & is the author of "The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee."

The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee
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Americans Abroad
Sexy Mild
Other Women
Sharks
St. Agatha
Hunters and Gatherers
A Tempest
Bad Vacation with Tasaday Tribe, or How My Grandfather Acquired the Laundromat
Biology
Traveling to Opal
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