Asian American rhetorics, produced through cultural contact
between Asian traditions and US English, also comprise a dynamic
influence on the cultural conditions and practices within which
they move. Though always interesting to linguists and "contact
language" scholars, in an increasingly globalized era, these
subjects are of interest to scholars in a widening range of
disciplines-especially those in rhetoric and writing studies.
Mao, Young, and their contributors propose that Asian American
discourse should be seen as a spacious form, one that deliberately
and selectively incorporates Asian "foreign-ness" into the English
of Asian Americans. These authors offer the concept of a dynamic
"togetherness-in-difference" as a way to theorize the contact and
mutual influence. Chapters here explore a rich diversity of
histories, theories, literary texts, and rhetorical practices.
Collectively, they move the scholarly discussion toward a more
nuanced, better balanced, critically informed representation of the
forms of Asian American rhetorics and the cultural work that they
Subjects: Language & Literature
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