Chinese American women's sense of identity is a by-product of othering in a thread of sky.
Nur Ashikin Kamaruddin.
Date of Issue2012
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
A Chinese American is discernibly Chinese by ethnicity and American by nationality. The affiliation to two cultures, by birth and by “origin” places the Chinese American in a limbo as they attempt to seek a sense of belonging. The access to a ‘pure’ culture like that of American or Chinese is denied and is hardly accessible due to the Chinese Americans’ status as the perpetual foreigner in both America and China. A Thread of Sky is a novel that depicts a family narrative about three generations of women attempting to reconnect with each other in the new millennium by going on a guided tour to Mainland China after migrating to America. This pilgrimage allows us an insight to how Chinese American women are treated in both America and China in the 21st century. This paper will examine how the Chinese American women’s sense of identity is a by-product of the concept of Othering that they experience in both America and China. We will explore how the Chinese Americans respond to being treated as the Other in both countries and review their attempts in negotiating an identity that allows them to delineate a space for their presence.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University