Cambria Press congratulates Alison Groppe on the excellent review and recommendation of her book, Sinophone Malaysian Literature: Not Made in China, which CHOICE has praised because of how it is “exceptionally well-researched,” as well as how “Groppe advances into a fresh exploration of the benefits and challenges of being a Sinophone author” and “discusses the burden on writers in reflecting the experience and uncertain cultural identification of Malaysia’s Cantonese, Hokkien, and Hakka dialect/’topolect’ communities.”
Below is an excerpt from the book: A famous comment Salman Rushdie once made about writers of Indian descent living in Britain did much to inspire this project: “Our identity is at once plural and partial. Sometimes we feel that we straddle two cultures; at other times, that we fall between two stools. But however ambiguous and shifting this ground may be, it is not infertile territory for a writer to occupy” (1991, 15). In this book, I examine the texts and practices of a group of contemporary authors of Chinese descent who were all born in Malaysia and write in Chinese. Their circumstances do not strictly parallel those that Rushdie described, but his observation aptly conveys both the benefits and challenges of being a Malaysia-born, Chinese-language author. Read more now through the Cambria Free Preview.
This book is part of the Cambria Sinophone World Series (General Editor: Victor Mair).
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