Tactics of Intervention and Pedagogy of Desire
This chapter explores overseas student writing—in both English and Chinese—as embodying a specific kind of transnational crossing that articulates Asia/America into a transpacific cultural and political space. It studies The Chinese Students' Monthly, which was published by the Chinese Students' Alliance in America from 1905 to 1931, as well as the Chinese-language literary pieces about studying abroad that emerged in the early twentieth century and became a recognizable body of literature in the 1960s and 1970s, known in Chinese as liuxuesheng wenxue, or “overseas student literature.” This chapter contends that overseas student writing represents a specific kind of textual travel that weaves together American experience with Asian feelings with a double task in hand: reporting to readers at home about America and their experiences, and protesting and correcting misrepresentations of China and its people.
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