Asian Philosophy and Literature Analytical Essay by Kella

Asian Philosophy and Literature
A discussion on the presence of Confucian themes in Asian-American literature.
# 153636 | 1,145 words | 1 source | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Aug 01, 2013 in Literature (American) , Literature (World)

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The paper discusses the Confucian themes of family, honor and loyalty in Asian-American literature, and describes how these themes bear a strong relationship to historical, socio-political and cultural contexts within Asian-American literature. The paper considers why Confucianism is still present within modern Asian-American literature and looks at the similarities and differences between the themes common to this form of literature and the traditional American canon.

Confucian Themes
Theme Relationship to Historical, Socio-political, and Cultural Contexts
Presence in Asian-American Literature
Relationship to Traditional American Canon

From the Paper:

"Confucian themes, including family, honor, and loyalty, are often found within much of Asian American literature. Strong moral and virtues are an important aspect of Asian culture; therefore, the inclusion of these into Asian American literature helps authors define how important they are to readers through a detailed method of storylines. In Maxine Hong Kingston's "The Making of More Americans," the author includes family, loyalty, and honor within this story of a niece who visits with her aunt and mentally evaluates different aspects of her family life compared to her aunt and their lives in the city (Wong, 1996). While noticing the luxuries that her aunt's family has compared to her parents and herself, Kingston notices the differences among family life, such as how the parents seem to have less control over their children as well as do not seem overly concerned with money. It seems, both through the context and by the title of the piece, the author is concerned with how much her aunt's family seems to be losing their Asian culture and traditions and picking up more American ways. Even with these differences, the author believes family is important and deserves honor, loyalty, and respect."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Wong, S. (1996). Asian American literature.A brief introduction and anthology. New York, NY: Addison-Wesley.

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