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I Love Yous Are for White People

Posted by litdaily on April 20, 2011

Author Lac Su will be reading from his memoir, I Love Yous Are for White People, today at UIC’s Asian American Resource and Cultural Center, from 4-6.  For more on this event…>>

I know this is a late posting of the event but I think it’s going to be an interesting discussion.  He’s also previously written an article on CNN about Tiger parenting and the emotional damage it has caused him…>>

Although Chua rubbed me (and most of the nation) the wrong way (you can look up previous posts), something valuable did come out of her publication. There’s more awareness of the costs that are incurred by “model minority” hype.  Many Asians fall for this stereotype themselves, but few want to look into their past and delve into their family histories in order to see what kinds of emotional, psychological, physical and mental toll it takes.


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Chicago Literary Events

Posted by litdaily on February 2, 2011

Since it’s a “snow day” for fellow Chicagoans, I thought I would post some local literary events that might compel us to make plans outside our homes. Even though it’s been such a cold, dismal winter, there have been several interesting literary events and there are more still to come.

On February 17th, Elizabeth Taylor will interview Amy Chua at the Chicago Tribune Tower.

On March 31, Joyce Carol Oates returns to Chicago to discuss her memoir at Harold Washington Library.

For more on these events…>>

I attended the SAJA event last Saturday, which featured a panel of very successful South Asian journalists in the media, such as Ameet Sachdev, Bobby Ghosh, Ravi Baichwal, and S. Mitra Kalita.     In particular, there was one interesting point made about race and occupation. While one panelist said that he didn’t want to be pigeon-holed as the “South Asian” journalist that works on South Asian news, another felt that his identity as “South Asian” helped in getting certain assignments.

For me, it was nice to get out of the world of academia and see how writers in the “real” world engage with the cultural issues that I’m interested in exploring.  But always from behind my desk and from endless piles of theoretical texts.

Kudos to those who can get the stories and bring them to us.  For anyone interested, SAJA has a really interesting set of media covers they’ve archived, which details how South Asia has been imagined in Western media…>>

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Silencing the “Tiger Mom” Story

Posted by litdaily on January 18, 2011

When I opened my web browser this morning, I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were no new articles on Amy Chua’s memoir, her parenting style, and/or just her in general.  I didn’t receive any more emails about her and in the past 24 hours, no one has mentioned her name to me as a topic of conversation.  Yes!

I’m hoping (and not very secretly) that her sensation will die down just as quickly as it swallowed America. Obviously, this whole ordeal is a cash cow for Chua and her family.  But for the rest of us, what does this exactly mean?  I’m not referring to her parenting style here or the difference between “Chinese” parenting and “Western” parenting (come on people, can we be more essentialist??), but why we are so enamored , obsessed, and/or threatened by Chua and her memoir.

It’s not as if parenting is a new topic or that people haven’t yet noticed the different stereotypes between “Asian” parenting and “Western” parenting. It’s also not as if she and her daughters are the only notable, accomplished Asian Americans in the United States.  So why is print/press/media so interested in upholding and displaying their model minority status? Does this possibly have something to do with the broader place that Chinese Americans occupy in the American imaginary? Would the hype be the same if an Indian or a Japanese mother/Yale professor wrote the same memoir?

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