Return from exile: mythology and heritage in American born Chinese and its Disney adaptation

Joshua Fagan*

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Abstract

Though American Born Chinese has received a significant degree of scholarly study, the prevalence of cultural exile in the text has not received sufficient attention. Said's theorization on exile provides a guide to examining the mindset of Jin, who willfully accepts exile from his Chinese-American heritage because of how he feels neither truly Chinese nor truly American. Only through a visceral encounter with Chinese mythology does he return from exile and embrace that heritage. The Disney adaptation, though significant from a “representation” standpoint, removes that threat of exile, diluting the narrative into a reassuring, palatable formula.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalPopular Culture Review
VolumeEarly View
Early online date21 Jun 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Jun 2024

Keywords

  • Assimilation
  • Chinese American
  • Exile
  • Heritage
  • Mythology

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