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Dis-Orienting PlanetsRacial Representations of Asia in Science Fiction$
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Isiah Lavender III

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496811523

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496811523.001.0001

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Crossing the Threshold of B-Mor

Crossing the Threshold of B-Mor

Instrumental Commodification and the Model Minority in Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea

(p.175) Crossing the Threshold of B-Mor
Dis-Orienting Planets

Jeshua Enriquez

University Press of Mississippi

Jeshua Enriquez, in “Crossing the Threshold of B-Mor: Instrumental Commodification and the Model Minority in Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea,” examines how Lee’s 2014 novel presents an acutely globalized and market-driven dystopian vision. In the aftermath of a national collapse, American civilization rearranges itself into stratified sub-societies—Charters, Facilities, and Open Counties—with B-Mor (formerly Baltimore) the ultimate example. Consequently, Enriquez provides a nuanced reading of Asian American commodification as the model minority and the importance of communal story-telling in defeating an oppression generated by racial framing as social control through the novel’s key figure-Fan.

Keywords:   Dystopia, Groupthink, Model minority, Racial Triangulation, Commodification

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