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Women in British Chinese Writings: Subjectivity,


Identity and Hybridity


Authors: Yun-Hua Hsiao

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'British Chinese Writings: Subjectivity, Identity and Hybridity' is a study of British Chinese literature. As Dr Hsiao points out, investigation of
British Chinese writings is a little studied area; however, since the political, social and historical factors affecting this group of literature are
unique, British Chinese publications deserve close examination.


Key Features

  • Includes many real-case examples
  • Detailed practical and theoretical analysis



University and professional

ISBN (print):                   978-1-909287-92-1

ISBN (digital PDF):        978-1-909287-93-8

ISDN (epub):                 978-1-909287-93-8

ISDN (mobi):                 978-1-909287-93-8

Publication date:           September 2014

Territorial rights:            worldwide

Number of pages:         96

Size (print):                   234mm x 156mm

Readership:                  university and professional



1. Introduction

2. Matrilineage and the Garden in Liu Hong’s The Magpie Bridge



Power and subjectivity

The symbol of the mirror

Scent and the garden

Cultural influence and the metaphor of the bridge

3. Power and Women in Timothy Mo’s Sour Sweet


Sour Sweet and the Foucauldian power relations

The shifting power centre

Power struggles

Resistance and strategy

Power and knowledge

Collective female power

Women in British Chinese Writings

Male powerlessness

Power and the yin-yang force

Cultural conflicts between the first and second generations

4. Food and Identity in Helen Tse’s Sweet Mandarin


Ethnic food and foodways

Food, cooking and the catering business in Sweet Mandarin

Food, tradition, female subjectivity and identity


Helping out

Towards a brighter future

5. Conclusion








The author Dr Yun-Hua Hsiao is an assistant professor at the Graduate Institute of Children's English and Department of English, National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan. Readership: The primary market of this book aims at the British Chinese, British people, the diasporic Chinese and readers concerned about the issue of race and culture. This research will also satisfy the curiosity of the general public about the British Chinese world. Contents, Acknowledgements, Introduction Matrilineage and the garden in Liu Hong's The Magpie Bridge Power and Women in Timothy Mo's Sour Sweet Food and Identity in Helen Tse's Sweet Mandarin Conclusion Bibliography. 




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