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By Benzi Zhang

Offering a brand new manner of interpreting that is helping us figure a few formerly not noted or unnoticeable good points of Asian diaspora poetry, this quantity highlights how poetry performs an important position in mediating and defining cross-cultural and transnational positions. Asian diaspora poetry in North the US is a wealthy physique of poetic works that not just supply precious fabric for us to appreciate the lives and reviews of Asian diasporas, but additionally current us with a chance to check probably the most vital concerns in present literary and cultural experiences. As a method of writing throughout cultural and nationwide borders, those poetic works problem us to reassess the assumptions and meanings of id, country, domestic, and position in a large cross-cultural context. In fresh postcolonial stories, diaspora has been conceived not just as a technique of migration within which humans crossed and traversed the borders of other nations, but additionally as a double courting among diversified cultural origins. With all its complexity and ambiguity linked to the event of multi-cultural mediation, diaspora, as either a strategy and a dating, indicates an act of continuous repositioning in confluent streams that accommodate to a number of cultural traditions. by means of studying how Asian diaspora poets keep and characterize their cultural alterations in North America, Zhang is able to search new views for knowing and interpreting the intrinsic values of Asian cultures that live to tell the tale and increase again and again in North American societies.

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In “a single name” yet a plural sense, home has developed on constantly changing configurations of diversity and unity and, henceforth, become increasingly 29 30 Asian Diaspora Poetry in North America contingent on the interaction of different cultural passages. Situated “at the crossroads of the world,” Asian diaspora poetry problematizes the political nature and meanings of home, and suggests a dynamic, complicated process in which different cultures not only conflict one another but are also converged and convoluted together to produce new homes around “the simple axis of a mobility” (Kristeva 1991, 30).

Cultural otherness requires us to recognize and appreciate the value of alterity—the “unknown and unknowable presence” in the articulation of identity. “The demand of identification,” as Bhabha has pointed out, “entails the representation of the subject in the differentiating order of otherness,” and “is always the return of an image of identity that bears the mark of splitting in the Other place from which it comes” (1994, 45). Bhabha’s observation raises interesting questions about the issue of cultural signification outside its original territory.

There are also groups of Asian diasporas who attempt to disaffiliate from their old home cultures; and their desire to “pass” in a white dominated society indicates the impact of acculturation upon diaspora communities. However, their disregard for cultural difference often makes them feel more intensely “not at home” with the personae they assume. As Vuong-Riddick describes in a poem entitled “Day and Night”: During the day, I was the happiest girl. At night, I cried. My Asian soul: nostalgia, and sorrow unconsoled.

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