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Degree

Master of Arts

Program

Comparative Literature

Supervisor

Dr. Hua Laura Wu

Abstract

This thesis explores modes of cultural production and identity in three Chinese Canadian works of fiction: Disappearing Moon Café, The End of East, and The Better Mother. This research discusses the position of Chinese Canadian literature in relation to the institutional framework of Asian Canadian Studies. Within current academic circles, there exists varied discussions on the many aspects of Asian Canadian’s, this thesis seeks to explore the position of literature written by and about Chinese Canadian’s within the larger framework of Canadian literature and its representations of culture, identity and ethnic enclaves such as Chinatown’s. More specifically, this research explores literary representations of Vancouver’s Chinatown and its links to time, place, cultural identity and sense of family. In doing so, this research aims to add to current discussions of Chinese Canadian literature and theory, while attempting to situate the genre itself among the many other minority genres within Canadian literature.


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