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On not speaking Chinese: living between Asia and the West

On not speaking Chinese: living between Asia and the West

Ang, Ien

The starting point for Ien Ang's discussion is the experience of visiting Taiwan and being expected to speak Chinese as she is of Chinese descent. She found herself faced with an almost insurmountable problem because she can't speak Chinese

Hardback, Book. English.
Published London: Routledge, 2001

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Statement of responsibility: Ien Ang
ISBN: 0415259126, 9780415259125
Physical Description: 240p. ; 24 cm.
Subject: Asia Relations Australia.; Ang, Ien.; East and West.; Australia Relations Asia.; China Relations Foreign countries.; Postcolonialism.


  1. Preface and Acknowledgments. Introduction: Between Asia and the West Beyond Asia: Deconstructing Diaspora 1. On Not Speaking Chinese
  2. Postmodern Ethnicity and the Politics of Diaspora 2. Can One Say No to the Chineseness?
  3. Pushing the Limits of Diasporic Paradigm 3. Indonesia on My Mind
  4. Diaspora, Internet and the Struggle for Hybridity 4. Undoing Diaspora
  5. Questioning Global Chineseness Beyond the West: Negotiating Multiculturalism 5. Multiculturalism in Crisis
  6. The New Politics of Race and National Identity in Australia 6. Asians and Australians
  7. A Contradiction in Terms? 7. Racial/Spatial Anxeity
  8. 'Asia' in the Psycho-Geography of Australian Whiteness 8. The Curse of the Smile
  9. Ambivalence and the Asian Woman in Multicultural Australia 9. Identity Blues
  10. Rescuing Cosmopolitanism in the Era of Globalization Beyond Identity 10. Local/Global Negotiations
  11. Doing Cultural Studies at the Crossroads 11. I'm a Feminist but...
  12. 'Other Women' and Postnational Identities 12. Conclusion: Together in Difference
  13. The Uses and Abuses of Hybridity Notes. Bibliography. Index.

Author note

Ien Ang is Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Institute for Cultural Studies Research at the University of Western Sydney, Nepean. She is the author of a number of books, including Watching Dallas(1985), Desperately Seeking the Audience(1991) and Living Room Wars(1995)


'Clearly written and well-argued . . . this book makes a valuable contribution, not only to current debates in the field of cultural studies and identity politics, but also to the international debate on the Chinese diaspora and Chinese identity.'- Chinese Information