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AsianfailNarratives of Disenchantment and the Model Minority$
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Eleanor Ty

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040887

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040887.001.0001

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Work, Depression, Failure

Work, Depression, Failure

(p.98) Chapter 5 Work, Depression, Failure

Eleanor Ty

University of Illinois Press

This chapter looks at repercussions of the sense of failure in two stories of second-generation Asian immigrant women who grew up assimilated into North American culture and became successful professionals but who experience a crisis and fall into depression. Mimi, a character in Catherine Hernandez's play Singkil (2009), and journalist Jan Wong both suffer from a breakdown that forces them to rethink or reassess their priorities and identities. Singkil is, in part, a coming-of-age story, while Out of the Blue (2012) is a memoir of workplace depression. Though different in genre, these two works recount Asianfails that critique the model minority discourse, and they also show the links between private health and professional, social trauma.

Keywords:   workplace depression, memoir, Jan Wong, Filipino folk dance, affect, Asian Canadian play, feminism, Asianfail, Catherine Hernandez

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