Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Relative HistoriesMediating History in Asian American Family Memoirs$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Rocío G. Davis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834586

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834586.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HAWAII SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hawaii.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hawaii University Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HSO for personal use (for details see http://www.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 24 January 2018

Multiple Journeys and Palimpsestic Diasporas

Multiple Journeys and Palimpsestic Diasporas

Chapter:
(p.69) Chapter 4 Multiple Journeys and Palimpsestic Diasporas
Source:
Relative Histories
Author(s):

Rocío G. Davis

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834586.003.0004

This chapter examines three family memoirs that illustrate the experience of travel and displacement within Asia in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: Jael Silliman's Jewish Portraits, Indian Frames (2001), which recounts the history of the Baghdadi Jews' settlement and progressive acculturation to India through the story of four generations of women in her family; Motiba's Tattoos (2001), in which Mira Kamdar describes her Indian family's settlement in Burma as part of the possibilities of mobility within the British empire; and China in Still Life With Rice (1996), in which Helie Lee paints a portrait of her Korean grandmother's life as a refugee. In all three texts, the authors depict their forebears' travel to and existence within spaces where they were classified as “other” within Asia, illustrating a history of multiple diasporas that was often elided after the family's immigration to the United States. These family memoirs also challenge previous notions of Asian immigrants as possessors of “pure” cultures and promote the kind of collective memory necessary for mutual recognition.

Keywords:   family memoirs, travel, displacement, Jael Silliman, Mira Kamdar, Helie Lee, diaspora, immigration, Asian immigrants, collective memory

Hawaii Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.