This is the first full-length work of feminist literary criticism of such contemporary Asian American women's writing as Amy Tan's The Kitchen God's Wife, Fae Myenne Ng's Bone, R. A. Sasaki's The Loom and Other Stories, Gish Jen's Typical American, and Cynthia Kadohata's The Floating World.
While the writing of other ethnic women has already been receiving considerable attention, the writing of Asian American women has not. (Un)Doing is the first feminist theoretical work to look at writing by such contemporary Asian American writers as Amy Tan, Fae Myenne Ng, R. A. Sasaki, Gish Jen, and Cynthia Kadohata. Viewing them as feminist and postfeminist writers, Kafka argues that gender asymmetry in all its varied forms and guises is the major issue that they confront. Satirizing this world-wide oppression as the missionary position, Kafka urges ethnic and women of color feminist critics to focus more on commonalities rather than view differences as impenetrable barriers.
Preface Introduction Amy Tan, The Kitchen God's Wife: "Chasing Away a Big Stink" Fae Myenne Ng, Bone: "Nina, Ona, and I, We're the Lucky Generation" Gish Jen, Typical American: The Rise and Fall and Rise of the House of Chang R(uth) A. Sasaki, The Loom and Other Stories: "There Has Got to Be More to Life Than That" Cynthia Kadohata, The Floating World: "I Like the Diabolical Quality, the Clarity of Admitting I Want" Conclusion Bibliography Index