The Living Dead and Fae Myenne Ng’s Bone
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.
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