Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: On the Social and Psychic Lives of Asian Americans
Author: David L Eng
Publisher: Duke University Press
Pub Date: February 15, 2019
Combining critical race theory with several strands of psychoanalytic thought, David L. Eng and Shinhee Han develop the concepts of racial melancholia and racial dissociation to investigate changing processes of loss associated with immigration, displacement, diaspora, and assimilation. David L. Eng and Shinhee Han draw on psychoanalytic case histories from the mid-1990s to the present to explore how first- and second-generation Asian American young adults deal with difficulties such as depression, suicide, and coming out within the larger social context of race, immigration, and sexuality.