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UnfastenedGlobality and Asian North American Narratives$
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Eleanor Ty

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665075

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665075.001.0001

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“All of Us Are the Same”: Negotiating Loss, Witnessing Disability

“All of Us Are the Same”: Negotiating Loss, Witnessing Disability

(p.43) 3 “All of Us Are the Same”: Negotiating Loss, Witnessing Disability

Eleanor Ty

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines two plays by Asian Canadians, Betty Quan’s Mother Tongue and Sunil Kuruvilla’s Rice Boy, which use people with disabilities to critique current social practices and assumptions. These novels offer a chance to look at the way positions of otherness and marginality created by displacement, race, ethnicity, economic inequities, disability, and gender, intersect and constitute the formation of subjectivities in the contemporary globalized world. The liminal figure of those with disabilities works to delineate and challenge boundaries between dominant and minority culture, the ones with power and the disempowered, the voiced and the voiceless, the located and the rootless.

Keywords:   Betty Quan, Mother Tongue, Sunil Kuruvilla, Rice Boy, people with disabilities, otherness, marginality, contemporary globalized world

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