Subject Some Thoughts about DMC(2)
Posted by Sara
Posted on Thu Apr 27 01:41:32 2000
From IP  

Then when I try to read "Disappearing Moon Cafe" under the context postmodern novel, first I think I agree with Jessie's conclusion, for DMC does show these typical or examplified features of a postmodern novel. Yet I would wonder that if our reading" or "crticism can be only ending at this point. That is, we have indicated the "features of postmodern novel" and then we stop or "can only" stop here.
What can be further meaning, after we have ifentified the postmodern feature of "Disappearing Moon Cafe?" Today Kate's remark on "the resonstruction of the family history" in this book may allow me to think further.
But here I think of another issue, that is, the constuction of the Chinese identity. If we take the Wong family as a miniature of the Chinese self, then this self goes aboard, suffering the "diasporic" experience, and it strives to sustain its own identity on the foreign country in many ways, one of which is the "child birth," the descendant. As I have said that the Chinese women establish their individual identities thorugh the child birth, the Chinese self also depends on these women to sustain its identity.
Under this context, for sustaining the "purity" of the identity, the incest inclination in this Chinese family seems to become understandable. But this incest inclination can be also resort to the real historical background, that is, the typicality of a emmigrant bachleor society,(which is like, I suppose, the Taiwan society in Ming or Ching Dynasty.) Yet this incest inclination, if in a conscious manner, is certainly forbidden according to the moral standard. That's why the marriage between Beatrice and Keeman will be objected. However, if in a more unconscious way such as marriage within the same clan, that inclination seems to be covered with a proper name as "to sustain the purity the Chinese identity." Yet this hope is no loger can be achieved as time goes by. The Chinese identity is always haunted and threatened by hybridity or "barreness"(no offspring), always at the edge of the dissolving of the identity. The novel "Disappearing Moon Cafe" thus not only shows the features of a postmodern novel, but it also shows the track of the Chinese self in constructing and sustaining itself, the crisis and threat it undergoes on a foreign land in the modern and postmodern time.

Just some thoughts without strong connection and clear organization, and THIS IS NOT MY JOURNAL.

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