Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: On the Social and Psychic Lives of Asian Americans

David L. Eng (Author)
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In Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation critic David L. Eng and psychotherapist Shinhee Han draw on case histories from the mid-1990s to the present to explore the social and psychic predicaments of Asian American young adults from Generation X to Generation Y. Combining critical race theory with several strands of psychoanalytic thought, they develop the concepts of racial melancholia and racial dissociation to investigate changing processes of loss associated with immigration, displacement, diaspora, and assimilation. These case studies of first- and second-generation Asian Americans deal with a range of difficulties, from depression, suicide, and the politics of coming out to broader issues of the model minority stereotype, transnational adoption, parachute children, colorblind discourses in the United States, and the rise of Asia under globalization. Throughout, Eng and Han link psychoanalysis to larger structural and historical phenomena, illuminating how the study of psychic processes of individuals can inform investigations of race, sexuality, and immigration while creating a more sustained conversation about the social lives of Asian Americans and Asians in the diaspora.

Product Details

Price
$25.95
Publisher
Duke University Press
Publish Date
February 15, 2019
Pages
232
Dimensions
6.0 X 0.6 X 9.1 inches | 0.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781478001607

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About the Author

David L. Eng is Richard L. Fisher Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

Shinhee Han is a psychotherapist at The New School and in private practice in New York City.

Reviews

"One of the most striking aspects of Eng and Han's book is the relative ease with which it toggles back and forth between psychoanalytic case studies of people in various stages of suffering and characters in novels who were created to embody themes of beauty and triumph, suffering and fracture. . . . There's a power in being able to recognize our struggles as the result of paradoxes we live within rather than seeing them as purely private failings. It's a step toward imagining lives that we might be the authors of, with endings that we write ourselves."-- (07/17/2019)
"Intentionally answering the call for interdisciplinary scholarship, this innovative work will be valuable for clinicians as well as scholars of race. Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals."-- (08/01/2019)