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Relative Histories: Mediating History in Asian American Family Memoirs

Rocío G. Davis

Abstract

This book focuses on the Asian American memoir that specifically recounts the story of at least three generations of the same family. This form of auto/biography concentrates as much on other members of one's family as on oneself, generally collapses the boundaries conventionally established between biography and autobiography, and in many cases crosses the frontier into history, promoting collective memory. This book centers on how Asian American family memoirs expand the limits and function of life writing by reclaiming history and promoting community cohesion. It argues that identity is sha ... More

Keywords: biography, Asian American memoir, autobiography, family memoirs, collective memory, assimilation, integration, Asian diaspora, life writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780824834586
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834586.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rocío G. Davis, author
City University of Hong Kong