The Conclusion returns to two canonical Asian American texts: Maxine Hong Kingston’s paired epics The Woman Warrior and China Men. The chapter rereads two key episodes in these works within Cold War contexts: Maxine’s torture scene, in which she recreates a scene of Korean War prisoner interrogation, in The Woman Warrior, and her brother’s service during Vietnam, which paradoxically secures their family’s American standing, in China Men. By demonstrating how attending to Cold War figuration can deepen and expand the politics of Asian American subject formation, the Conclusion underscores the complexity of maintaining selves through political attachment. The friendly offers a periodizing and politicizing lens for comprehending a range of literary acts of alliance. This study ends by insisting upon reading significant acts of self-making in expressions of Cold War political longings.
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