Kandice Chuh

Kandice Chuh is Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland, where she is also affiliated with the American Studies Department and the Asian American Studies Program. The author of Imagine Otherwise: on Asian Americanist Critique , she is currently working on a book project titled “The Difference Aesthetics Makes.”

Updated February 2010

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The Asian American Literary Review

Karen Tei Yamashita - Part 2

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Continuation of The Asian American Literary Review’s interview with Karen Tei Yamashita…

Kandice Chuh (KC): You write, “I’ve anticipated the end of the story without imparting the beginning. Knowing the story’s end does not necessarily imply completion of knowledge, for if many endings are possible, so also are many beginnings. History may proceed sequentially or, as they say, must proceed sequentially, but stories may turn and turn again—the knowing end kissing the innocent beginning, the innocent end kissing the knowing beginning” (326). There was some way that I think what you were talking about ...

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The Asian American Literary Review

Karen Tei Yamashita - Part 1

I flew out to California on 12 November 2009 to interview Karen Tei Yamashita on the eve of the publication of I Hotel, her newest work. We began the day in conversation over lunch, moved to a more formal interview conducted at her home, and ended with dinner. What appears here is an edited version of our conversations, constructed from a recording and my notes, and refined thereafter by both of us. What this text fails to capture is the graciousness and generosity of time and engagement that Yamashita showed throughout this process. She speaks of the “purposeful generosity of ...

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