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Language, Immigration And Acculturation In The Short Stories Of Ha Jin, Louis J. Parascandola, Rajul Punjabi Jan 2017

Language, Immigration And Acculturation In The Short Stories Of Ha Jin, Louis J. Parascandola, Rajul Punjabi

Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies

"The Problems of Acculturation: Flushing, Queens, in the Short Stories of Ha Jin"

Abstract:

Noted author Ha Jin is often thought of as a Chinese author despite the fact that all of his writing has been written in English. Two of his later works, A Free Life (2007) and A Good Fall (2009) are set among the Chinese community in Flushing, Queens. This essay examines three short stories "An English Professor," "A Pension Plan," and "Temporary Love" from A Good Fall. In these works, Jin discusses the problems of acculturation these immigrants face, including learning English, finding employment, and dealing ...