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Ends of EmpireAsian American Critique and the Cold War$
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Jodi Kim

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816655915

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816655915.001.0001

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Cold War Logics, Cold War Poetics

Cold War Logics, Cold War Poetics

Conjuring the Specter of a Red Asia

(p.37) 1 Cold War Logics, Cold War Poetics
Ends of Empire

Jodi Kim

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter starts with a brief examination of Chang-rae Lee’s Native Speaker which includes details of the Korean War. It illustrates the focus on studying the discursive and rhetorical registers of the Cold War’s anticommunism. An analysis of selected Cold War government documents gave rise to the invention of a Manichaean reading which interprets Cold War geopolitical relationships as a conflict between the American “good” and a gendered racial “Asiatic” “evil” way of life. The chapter cites George F. Kennan’s “Long Telegram” and “The Sources of Soviet Conduct”, both of which propose a nationalist development discourse or Bildungsroman of American exceptionalism.

Keywords:   Native Speaker, Korean War, anticommunism, Manichaean reading, Long Telegram, The Sources of Soviet Conduct, Bildungsroman, American exceptionalism

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