The Legacy And Impact Of Le Ly Hayslip And The Overall Responsibility Of Asian American Authors

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In discussing the legacy and impact of Le Ly Hayslip and the overall responsibility of Asian American authors in depicting Asian Americans in literature, specific ideas about gender and sexuality frame such discussions. On one side specifically among Asian American women, there is great criticism against the backlash and condemnation that was levelled against Le Ly Haislip’s When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s Blu’s Hanging due to such attacks being sexist and patriarchal in nature. The opposing side would argue that such depictions within the narratives only serve to reaffirm negative stereotypes of Asian males as violent, misogynistic individuals. In such arguments, there is implicit power dynamics that impact the status and role of both Asian men and women. As a result, these narratives are utilized through the lens of gender history to articulate the state of relations of both Asian and Asian American men and women, the overall image of the Asian American community, and its’ relationship to white America. In Hayslips’s memoir, there is a thematic notion that Asian women particularly Vietnamese women like her were at the mercy of both the Republicans and Viet Cong. This is articulated within one experience in which she was interrogated by the Republican troops and was bailed out by her brother-in-law Chin who later berates her for what he saw as “troublemaking behavior.” (Hayslip 230). In that scene, this would indicate that Hayslip alongside…

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