IJLLL 2016 Vol.2(1): 14-17 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2016.2.1.60

The ‘Hyphenized’ Identity in Chinese Diaspora in the Works by Chin Shun-Shin, Higashiyama Akira, and Ed Lin

Masami Usui
Abstract—The ‘hyphenized’ identity represents the multiracial, multicultural, and transnational identity in the age of globalization. Because of its historical background, Taiwan has been producing the unique literature of hybridity, and is also blessed with the new wave of Taiwanese-Chinese-Japanese / Taiwanese-American literature, represented by Chin Shun-shin (陳舜臣), Higashiyama Akira (王震緒), and Ed Lin across China, Taiwan, and Chinatown. The ‘hyphenized’ identity consists of triple-layered passages: Chin’s coverage from his early mystery novels set in Kobe’s Chinatown in the1970’s to his Chinese historical novels, Higashiyama’s journey back to the 1970 Taipei in his award-winning novel Ryu, and Lin’s shift from his 1970 New York Chinatown crime novels to his new trial to embark on contemporary Taipei night market in Ghost Month. Mapping the landscapes of China, and Taiwan, and Chinatown in those works is compiled by examining the mythological space of China and Taiwan, the ideological discourse in the 1970’s, and the hybrid sphere of Chinatown. Consequently, the ‘hyphenized’ identity in Chinese Diaspora embodies a quest for the transforming and newly-establishing space and self.

Index Terms—Chinese diaspora, Taiwanese literature, comparative literature.

M. Usui is with the Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan (e-mail: musui@mail.doshisha.ac.jp).

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Cite:Masami Usui, "The ‘Hyphenized’ Identity in Chinese Diaspora in the Works by Chin Shun-Shin, Higashiyama Akira, and Ed Lin," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 14-17, 2016.

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