IJSSH 2015 Vol.5(12): 1072-1075 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2015.V5.607

Empowering Asian-American Women through Nostalgia: Power of Female Protagonists in Jasmine, Mrs. Sen’s and Seventeen Syllables

Tin Kei Wong
Abstract—Asian-American women have been stereotyped and considered as victims of social injustice in the history of immigration into the United States. The theme of immigrant experience has been recurrent in the writings of female Asian-American writers, reflecting the cultural and female consciousness of Asian-American women. This paper aims to illustrate how three Asian-American women writers, Bharati Mukherjee, Jhumpa Lahiri and Hisaye Yamamoto, empower the Asian-American women under their pens through nostalgia. Three pieces of works of these writers are brought under textual analysis to show how these female Asian-American authors utilize the unique cultural consciousness in the form of nostalgia to entitle power to fictional Asian-American women. This kind of empowerment is read to be a way of the authors to confidently confront their own cultural identity in the multicultural context of the states, hence empowering their own selves.

Index Terms—Asian-American short stories, Asian-American women writers, cultural identity, nostalgia.

T. K. Wong is with the School of Chinese, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (e-mail: wtkjournals@gmail.com).

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Cite: Tin Kei Wong, " Empowering Asian-American Women through Nostalgia: Power of Female Protagonists in Jasmine, Mrs. Sen’s and Seventeen Syllables," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 12, pp. 1072-1075, 2015.

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