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positions (1998) 6 (2): 394–438.
Published: 01 May 1998
...Lingzhen Wang Copyright © 1998 by Duke University Press 1998 Retheorizing the Personal: Identity, Writing, and Gender in Yu Luojin’s Autobiographical Act Lingzhen Wang Yu Luojin was widely regarded as China’s most controversial woman...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 211–239.
Published: 01 February 2012
...Tina Mai Chen This article inquires into how “the personal” assumes specific positions relative to truth claims constitutive of twentieth-century national and international documentary systems. It analyzes migration of those identified as Chinese in and out of Burma during the late 1930s and 1940s...
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positions (2021) 29 (3): 523–549.
Published: 01 August 2021
... non-Japanese people navigate the Japanese family law system. As is apparent in the later examples, these responses reflect personal perceptions about how law does, or should, work. Simply put, people who imagine law as a bludgeon are less likely to negotiate and, in the Japanese system, therefore less...
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positions (2013) 21 (3): 579–605.
Published: 01 August 2013
...Ben Tran This essay examines the cultural translation of the Western first-person grammatical category into Vietnamese literature during French colonial rule. In the 1930s, Vietnamese writers began to assimilate the first-person pronoun “ tôi ” into their writing. The prevalence of tôi suggests...
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positions (2003) 11 (3): 717–734.
Published: 01 August 2003
...D. W. Davis 2003 by Duke University Press 2003 A New Taiwan Person? A Conversation with Wu Nien-chen D. W. Davis 8 January 1999. Wu Nien-chen’s sunny, wood-paneled conference room in Taipei. Wu is a major figure in Taiwan’s media:scriptwriter ( City...
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positions (2011) 19 (1): 83–107.
Published: 01 February 2011
... of personalism. Moreover, as both the good wife/wise mother and the new woman were moral ideals grounded in ontological claims about women, I suggest that the woman problem be approached as both an ontological and a moral problem. Whoever controlled the ontological terrain so as to speak for what a woman...
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positions (2016) 24 (4): 789–812.
Published: 01 November 2016
... with the financial support of his wife and family; and Chen Yan, a fifty-one-year-old “housewife” from Sichuan Province who is the only female Mao impersonator in China. Zhang's coverage of her life both onstage and off parallels a television interview with her that reveals the personal struggle she has with her...
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positions (2022) 30 (1): 111–136.
Published: 01 February 2022
... of socialist construction in China was based on the craft of making the Homo Socialist . The focus here is on how personal experiences were transformed into state-endorsed conduct via the discourse of class and class struggle. Over the course of the sociopolitical transformations leading to the Cultural...
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positions (2009) 17 (2): 435–454.
Published: 01 May 2009
...Hsiu-Chuang Deppman This essay is a study of Chen Guofu and Cai Mingliang, two prominent Taiwan directors whose work in the 1980s helped shape the Second New Wave movement. More recently, Chen's 1998 The Personals and Cai's 2002 What Time Is It There? broke new ground by developing controlled...
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positions (2008) 16 (3): 629–659.
Published: 01 August 2008
... , in Žižek's Lacanian usage, is used to understand the mechanism by which Tawara personally and socially excuses herself from having to engage her material in a more critical way that would alter rather than simply reflect her media- and advertising-defined environment. Jouissance is the key to her...
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positions (2010) 18 (3): 633–670.
Published: 01 August 2010
...Yomi Braester The essay examines photography at Tiananmen from 1949 to the present. Personal mementos are placed within personal narratives and used as scaffolding for memory work. Documentary films juxtapose photography with other social practices at the square. Photography both conveys and shapes...
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positions (2010) 18 (3): 671–693.
Published: 01 August 2010
... of personal histories, to locate and reinvent a “past” that was still very much the present. While recent studies of visual culture in postsocialist or post-Holocaust societies focus on “postmemory,” this article examines the mechanisms of materializing and restructuring personal memory that were in place...
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positions (2019) 27 (2): 361–396.
Published: 01 May 2019
...). The subjective is inseparable from (indeed, identical with) the non-dual object and its surface qualities. Third, despite this embodied quality of her quotidian consciousness, these surface images undermine the actuality of the first person’s social experiences. Fourth, as a result, the mirror reflections retain...
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positions (2020) 28 (2): 447–479.
Published: 01 May 2020
... to translate troubling, and often socially unacceptable, emotions into more presentable and tolerable forms. Through narrativization, namely acts of authorship and inscription, persons implicated in this article attempt to relieve, figuratively write over , or otherwise repress anxieties. While...
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positions (2012) 20 (2): 405–434.
Published: 01 May 2012
...Erik Harms This article situates localized Vietnamese practices of geomancy within the broader history of land-use right reforms in the postreform era. On the immediate level, geomancy appears to represent individualized attempts to reconstruct private homes and cultivate personal landscapes...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 373–383.
Published: 01 February 2012
... is that Chinese queer cinema played an important role in the broader movement for Chinese personal and artistic freedom. During 2001 and 2002, Chinese were attending the same underground film events. They heard about them on the Internet or by word of mouth. Some traveled a long distance to attend them...
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positions (2012) 20 (4): 1041–1066.
Published: 01 November 2012
... as their personal junzi identity and as a public discourse for citizen morality. But political opposition to the regime led to the revival of the communist abject in the “Marxist conspiracy” crackdowns, which failed in the liberalizing post – Cold War context. The elite subsequently privatized their Confucianism...
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positions (2013) 21 (1): 161–187.
Published: 01 February 2013
... are not to be read only as testimonies of war and personal traumas, this article argues that these two texts represent what critic Rocio G. Davis calls “relational life writing” that aims to intervene in the contested terrains of trans-Pacific memories and geopolitics. It further argues that Pham's and Lam's...
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positions (2014) 22 (4): 809–836.
Published: 01 November 2014
...Cheehyung Harrison Kim In the early 1960s, the synthetic fiber vinalon became North Korea's national fiber, a product that symbolized the independence and ingenuity of its state-led socialism, from the raw materials needed to make it (the abundant coal and limestone) to the person who invented...
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positions (2014) 22 (4): 877–906.
Published: 01 November 2014
...Chi-she Li; Tsung-yi Michelle Huang In this essay we argue that stories of rich merchants enable us to see new forms of neoliberal subject imaginary. They serve to teach the public about how to become a profit-seeking person, given that previously formal education did not prepare citizens...