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Writing Citizenship: Flexible Forms of Belonging in Kao Kalia Yang’s The Late Homecomer

Author(s): Aline Lo

Journal: Hmong Studies Journal
ISSN 1091-1774

Volume: 12;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Hmong | writing

This article draws on the idea of a more flexible category of citizenship from Michel Laguerre and Bonnie Honig, arguing that Kao Kalia Yang’s The Latehomecomer presents readers with a displacement narrative that negates national belonging and the traditional myth of immigrant America, and, instead, upholds an idea of self-identification that is based not on the nation-state, but on family continuity and finding refuge in writing.

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