CCCI Lecture Series: Professor Carlos Rojas (Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University) - "Language, Ethnicity, and Literary Taxonomy: Ng Kim Chew and Mahua Literature"
March 2, 2015
An ethnic Chinese from Malaysia who currently lives in Taiwan, Ng Kim Chew is one of the most innovative and influential authors of what is commonly referred to as Mahua, or Malaysian Chinese, literature. He writes in Chinese, but incorporates linguistic elements from a variety of different Chinese dialects, foreign languages, and even graphic elements that defy linguistic categorization altogether, and his works themselves explore the limits of language and ethnonational community. Taking as its starting point several stories by contemporary Malaysian Chinese author Ng Kim Chew, this talk considers the relationship between language and community as they relate to issues of literary taxonomy and national identity.
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