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The Minor Intimacies of RaceAsian Publics in North America$
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Christine Kim

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040139

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040139.001.0001

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National Incompletion

National Incompletion

Awkward Multiculturalisms and Denaturalizing Whiteness

(p.31) Chapter 1 National Incompletion
The Minor Intimacies of Race

Christine Kim

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines how the figure of the Asian is currently positioned within the project of Canadian multiculturalism in order to discern how differently racialized bodies experience affective and political citizenship. It critiques the assumption that Asian Canadian publics demand recognition in multicultural terms by turning to two contemporary Asian Canadian texts that explore the unfinished nature of these conversations about race: Theatre Replacement's 2007 production, Bioboxes, and Joy Kogawa's 1995 novel, The Rain Ascends. These texts, as they call for intimacy, demand recognition in different ways: the first forces the audience to be physically conscious of the racialized body with which it shares a confined space, and the second uses the genre of the confessional novel to compel the reader to witness the most mundane and personal details of the narrator's story.

Keywords:   Asian Canadian public, Canadian multiculturalism, racialized bodies, affective citizenship, political citizenship, Bioboxes, The Rain Ascends

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