• ‘‘The New Americans’’ : The Creation of a Typology of Vietnamese-American Identity in Children’s Literature

    Author(s):
    Subarno Chattarji (see profile)
    Date:
    2010
    Group(s):
    LLC 20th- and 21st-Century American, LLC Asian American
    Subject(s):
    History and literature, War literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    american literature, children's literature
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6ZP47
    Abstract:
    The influx of Vietnamese refugees, ‘‘boat people,’’ and immigrants into the United States after April 1975 has led to the establishment of a significant Vietnamese-American community. There is a body of literature written for children and young adults that creates and delineates this new community within the topography of a welcoming and immigrant-friendly USA. This paper will examine the meanings and implications of the appellation ‘‘Vietnamese- American’’ as defined within a body of nonfiction children’s literature. It will highlight how these texts negotiate questions related to refugee status, immigration, identity and belonging, contributing in many instances to a bland re-creation of a formerly oppressed but now coherent and increasingly prosperous and Americanized people. The children’s literature plays an important role in defining the relatively new community to itself and to mainstream America. In its dissemination of truisms about Confucian heritages and stereotypes of ‘‘model minorities ’’ the literature reveals as much about American ideological desires as it does about ‘‘the new Americans.’’
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    Published as:
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    Status:
    Published
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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