University of Southern California
Dao, Anh Thang.
Writing exile: Vietnamese literature in the diaspora.
Degree: PhD, American Studies and Ethnicity, 2014, University of Southern California
In Writing Exile I re-conceptualize the notion exile
as a framework to discuss the limitations and potential of
diasporic cultural and literary productions. Departing from a
traditional understanding of exile as being cast out from a
nation-state or native country, the project highlights a concept of
exile as a process that encompasses multiple moments of
geographical and ideological displacement. This process starts in
the homeland and continues beyond its borders, linking histories of
colonialism and imperialism with current power regimes governing
relationships of race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality in the
diaspora. Within this framework, the project examines the
multilingual literary and cultural productions of Vietnamese
diasporic communities in the United States, France, and Germany,
which are informed by histories of ethnic conflicts, French
colonization, American military intervention, and global Cold War
politics. Locating this literature at the intersection of many
national, imperial, and colonial aspirations, I suggest that a
reconceptualization of exile is helpful in understanding how the
multiple histories and social conditions leading to exile continue
to characterize the lived experience of diasporic subjects. At the
same time, this notion of exile questions claims of origin and
authenticity to present a series of choices and opportunities for
diasporic cultural productions to challenge the constraints of the
diaspora, which cannot be contained within the trajectory of the
homeland and the diaspora as respective openings and endpoints.
Within this struggle, which reveals rather than conceals the
multiplicities and conflicts shaping diasporic communities, our
understanding of diaspora is constantly questioned and remade at
the same time.
Advisors/Committee Members: Nguyen, Viet Thanh (Committee Chair), Rowe, John Carlos (Committee Member), Gomez-Barris, Macarena (Committee Member), Gómez-Barris, Macarena (Committee Member), Norindr, Panivong (Committee Member).
Subjects/Keywords: exile; diaspora; Asian American literature; Vietnamese American literature; Vietnamese diaspora; Linda Le; Lely Hayslip; Monique Truong; modernism; freedom; ethnic Chinese
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APA (6th Edition):
Dao, A. T. (2014). Writing exile: Vietnamese literature in the diaspora. (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Southern California. Retrieved from http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15799coll3/id/81407/rec/7977
Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):
Dao, Anh Thang. “Writing exile: Vietnamese literature in the diaspora.” 2014. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Southern California. Accessed November 28, 2020.
MLA Handbook (7th Edition):
Dao, Anh Thang. “Writing exile: Vietnamese literature in the diaspora.” 2014. Web. 28 Nov 2020.
Dao AT. Writing exile: Vietnamese literature in the diaspora. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Southern California; 2014. [cited 2020 Nov 28].
Available from: http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15799coll3/id/81407/rec/7977.
Council of Science Editors:
Dao AT. Writing exile: Vietnamese literature in the diaspora. [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of Southern California; 2014. Available from: http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15799coll3/id/81407/rec/7977