Feminist and Ethnic Literary Theories in Asian American Literature”, author Shirley Geok-Lin Lim discusses what she terms “a continuous negotiation” between the sometimes “conflicting cultural constructions of ethnicity and gender (349).

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In the chapter “Feminist and Ethnic Literary Theories in Asian American Literature”, author Shirley Geok-Lin Lim discusses what she terms “a continuous negotiation” between the sometimes “conflicting cultural constructions of ethnicity and gender (349). In other words, for women of color, there is the double burden of ethnicity and gender and the corresponding experiences of racism and sexism to contend with. After reading Maxine Hong Kingston’s “No-Name Woman”, discuss how the narrator negotiates these two factors in establishing her own identity as both a woman and an Asian American. How does her mother’s cautionary tale about the “No-Name Woman” and this influence of the past inform her understanding of who she is as a woman of Chinese descent living in the United States? Include at least one direct quote from the story to better illustrate and support your point.

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