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Inhuman CitizenshipTraumatic Enjoyment and Asian American Literature$
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Juliana Chang

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816674435

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816674435.001.0001

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Melancholic Citizenship

Melancholic Citizenship

The Living Dead and Fae Myenne Ng’s Bone

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Inhuman Citizenship

Juliana Chang

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the novel Bone, penned by Chinese-American author Fae Myenne Ng. It reviews the text through the concept of melancholia, which has become paradigmatic in postcolonial and critical race studies, and allows a better understanding of racial labor exploitation. Bone contributes knowledge about the secrets of a liberal and neoliberal nation-state formation, specifically the ways in which neoliberalism restructure the national economy. The chapter highlights how domestic restructuring is produced by the emerging forces of global capital and neoliberal state formation, interpreting Ng’s narrative as an examination of how the prehistory of neoliberalism restructured Chinatown domesticity.

Keywords:   Bone, Fae Myenne Ng, melancholia, postcolonial studies, racial labor exploitation, nation-state formation, neoliberalism, Chinatown domesticity

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