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Postcolonial Satire, Imperialist Nostalgia, and Reconciliation in Huy Duong Phan’s “The Billion Dollar Skeleton” and Andrew Lam’s “Slingshot”

Quan Manh Ha et William Frost
p. 271-290

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Cet article examine certains aspects de l’attitude condescendante persistante des États-Unis envers le Vietnam, les Américains-Vietnamiens et les Vietnamiens, à travers « The Billion Dollar Skeleton » de Huy Duong Phan et « Slingshot » d’Andrew Lam. En utilisant efficacement l’esprit, l’humour et la satire, les deux auteurs abordent des thèmes postcoloniaux tels que la nostalgie impérialiste, l’appropriation culturelle et le centrisme américain. Les récits critiquent la position apparemment impérialiste des États-Unis sur l’histoire de la guerre du Vietnam. En outre, « The Billion Dollar Skeleton » et « Slingshot » décrivent le passage de l’acceptation à la résistance coloniale au moment où la jeune génération vietnamienne et la génération d’Américains-Vietnamiens (les immigrés arrivés aux États-Unis alors qu’ils étaient enfants et adolescents) gagnent en autorité.

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Andrew Lam, Huy Duong Phan

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Ce document sera publié en ligne en texte intégral en décembre 2020.

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“The Billion Dollar Skeleton”: A Postcolonial Satire
“Slingshot”: Cultural Appropriation and Imperialist Nostalgia

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Criticism on the literature of the Vietnam War and its aftermath produced by diasporic Vietnamese authors generally focuses on novels and memoirs because these book-length works are popular, thematically rich, and stylistically distinctive. Thus, they have attracted substantial attention from reviewers and scholars in the field. Although some diasporic Vietnamese authors write short stories, their works have not been so widely acknowledged, probably because of the genre and its more limited reading audience, and because readers have not yet learned of the authors’ talents. However, some anthologized short stories by diasporic Vietnamese authors have gained recognition for their thematic relevance, innovative plots, and intriguing characters. Among the recognized diasporic writers of short stories, there is Huy Duong Phan, a Vietnamese French author, who, in 1995, published “The Billion Dollar Skeleton” in The Other Side of Heaven: Post-War Fiction by Vietnamese & American Writers. P...

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Quan Manh Ha et William Frost, « Postcolonial Satire, Imperialist Nostalgia, and Reconciliation in Huy Duong Phan’s “The Billion Dollar Skeleton” and Andrew Lam’s “Slingshot” », Journal of the Short Story in English, 71 | 2018, 271-290.

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Quan Manh Ha et William Frost, « Postcolonial Satire, Imperialist Nostalgia, and Reconciliation in Huy Duong Phan’s “The Billion Dollar Skeleton” and Andrew Lam’s “Slingshot” », Journal of the Short Story in English [En ligne], 71 | Autumn 2018, mis en ligne le 01 décembre 2020, consulté le 08 juillet 2020. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/jsse/2321

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Quan Manh Ha

Quan Manh Ha is Associate Professor of English at the University of Montana. He has published several articles on Vietnam War literature, multiethnic American literatures, and contemporary American fiction. His literary translations have appeared in Metamorphoses, Southern Humanities Review, Asian Literature and Translation, CIRQUE, and in The Asian Journal of Literature, Culture and Society. His book Other Moons: The American War & Its Aftermath in Vietnamese Short Fiction is currently under consideration for publication with Columbia University Press.

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William Frost

William Frost is a senior student at the University of Montana, pursuing an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing with a concentration in non-fiction and poetry. He has had one poem published in University of Montana’s undergraduate literary magazine, the Oval, as well as an honorable mention in short fiction. He works with the graduate literary magazine, Cutbank, reading fiction and poetry submissions, as well as acting as Dr. Ha’s research assistant.

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