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In Her Mother's House: The Politics of Asian American Mother-Daughter Writing (Critical Perspectives on Asian Pacific Americans) Paperback – January 19, 2000


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Professor Ho's book is timely and significant. It will make an important contribution to the field of Chinese American Studies and in teasing out multiple intersections of gender, race, and class, an equally significant contribution to feminist work on gender and family relations. (Newton, Judith)

Professor Ho's exploration of 'talk-story' as both a creative process and historical legacy makes clear the potential for misunderstanding as well as for connection and shows how meeting-ground can also become battle-ground. Hers is a complex and hopeful reading, not a romanticized one. (Valerie Matsumoto)

Though Ho has written numerous articles on similar topics, hers is the first book to devote ambitious and in-depth study to this subject. Taking Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior, Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, and Fae Myenne Ng's Bone as her basis, the author looks at the 'talking-story' tradition, which is mainly about mothers and daughters and secondly about fathers and daughters. She offers close readings and detailed analyses and interpretations of these books. Furthermore, she not only gives critical perspectives on Asian (mainly Chinese) Americans, she also presents the history of Chinese immigration to the US and the treatment and images of immigrant Chinese women and men. The book is well-researched with abundant notes and a long list of references. It should be of particular interest to scholars in Asian American studies and women's studies at the upper-division undergraduate level and above.. (Y.L Walls Choice)

This book contains [the] author's personal experiences as well as well-researched factual accounts. Together, Ho delivers a critical text that opens Asian American mother-daughter writing to intricately intertwined racial, gender and class discussion.... This is a well-researched book that shows originality and scholarship. It is recommended for students, teachers as well as to those who are interested to examine Asian American mother-daughter writing from a scholastic standpoint. (Ivy Liu Manley American Studies International)

Touching, insightful, and knowledgeable. Wendy Ho combines sympathetic understanding of women's perspectives within a well researched account of those texts social and historical contexts. (Patricia Chu)

Though Ho has written numerous articles on similar topics, hers is the first book to devote ambitious and in-depth study to this subject. Taking Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior, Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, and Fae Myenne Ng's Bone as her basis, the author looks at the 'talking-story' tradition, which is mainly about mothers and daughters and secondly about fathers and daughters. She offers close readings and detailed analyses and interpretations of these books. Furthermore, she not only gives critical perspectives on Asian (mainly Chinese) Americans, she also presents the history of Chinese immigration to the US and the treatment and images of immigrant Chinese women and men. The book is well-researched with abundant notes and a long list of references. It should be of particular interest to scholars in Asian American studies and women's studies at the upper-division undergraduate level and above. (Y.L Walls Choice)

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Wendy Ho teaches at the University of California, Davis

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