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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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Scripting Fertility: Desire and Regeneration in Japanese North American Literature

Scripting Fertility: Desire and Regeneration in Japanese North American Literature

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(p.108) 6 Scripting Fertility: Desire and Regeneration in Japanese North American Literature
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Unfastened
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Eleanor Ty

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816665075.003.0006

This chapter presents a reading of Hiromo Goto’s The Kappa Child (2001) and Ruth Ozeki’s All Over Creation (2003), which share similar concerns and are noteworthy examples of a shift in tendency in Japanese North American literature. Asian North American authors such as Goto and Ozeki take on wide-ranging issues, such as normative traditional family values, globalization, contemporary capitalist culture, ecology, sexuality, and desire outside of what author Adrienne Rich calls “compulsory heterosexuality.” Goto’s and Ozeki’s works rework stereotypes of Asian women’s docility, reliability, innocence, and sexual pliancy in order to challenge what is expected of Asian women globally.

Keywords:   Hiromo Goto, The Kappa Child, Ruth Ozeki, All Over Creation, Japanese North American literature, Asian North American authors, compulsory heterosexuality, Asian women

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