'Flexible Citizenship' in Wena Poon's Short Stories: Writing at the Interstices of Asia and America
Southeast Asian Review of English 50 (2011): 47-58
9 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2013
Date Written: July 30, 2011
United States-based Singaporean author Wena Poon writes to the multi-layered complexities of transient transnational identity. Her short stories, produced within the interstices of her professional work as a multi-national corporate attorney, reveal a sensitivity towards the transient and mobile subject that speaks to multi-nationals whose lives are characterized by constant movement and flux between countries. Poon bills her work as literature by a transnational author for transnational readers, yet nested within many of her short stories are considerations about the larger consequences of Western globalisation and accelerated capital growth in Asia that have led to "flexible citizenship," particularly for Singaporeans away from their homeland living in the larger Chinese diaspora in America and across the globe.
Keywords: Singapore, Literature, Transnational, Diaspora
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