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Anglophone Literatures in the Asian Diaspora: Literary Transnationalism and Transling ...

Chapter 1:  Sighting Eurasia
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Anglophone Literatures in the Asian Diaspora:

Chapter 1

Sighting Eurasia

Representing East and West in
Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse (1927)
and Sui Sin Far’s Mrs. Spring Moon Fragrance and Other Writings (1912)

There is occasionally to be seen a half Chinese child with bright complexion and fair hair, and these combined with a straight nose, small mouth and wide eyes might easily deceive a stranger, but a person who has been informed of the child’s parentage, notices at once a peculiar cast about the face. This cast is over the face of every child who has a drop of Chinese blood in its veins. It is indescribable—but it is there.

(Far 188)

Again if one is a woman one is often surprised by a sudden splitting off of consciousness, say in walking down Whitehall, when from being the natural inheritor of that civilisation, she becomes, on the contrary, outside of it, alien and critical. Clearly the mind is always altering its focus, and bringing the world into different perspectives.

(Woolf 101)