The study analyses how woman muteness is revealed as self-portrait of the Asian-woman in the literary memoirs of Maxine Hong Kingston's "The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of Girlhood among ghosts," and Shirley Geok-lin Lim's "Among the White Moon Faces: An Asian- American Memoir of Homelands." The meta-textualities of Woman-roles and Woman-lingo of Muteness are synthesized as Self-Portrait of the Asian Woman. Asian-woman muteness presents her role as daughter and daughter-in-law, wife, female peranakan sibling, mother and aunt in her Chinese family-where she experiences inequalities in Asian patriarchal hegemony. These woman-roles depict the sad plight of the Asian-woman as: unnamed, ostracised, abandoned, and institutionalised; bullied yet feared. Woman-lingo of muteness includes the peranakan: manek-manek (a gossipy female whose chatter is heared and given attention only within the women circle). Lingo of muteness manifests the Asian-woman sense of alienation, abandonment, loss, and loneliness which all display the low regard and position of the woman in Asian society.Muteness in her roles and lingo are synthesised into a Self-Portrait of the Asian-Woman proves the Muted Group theory (Ardennes and Ardennes, 1969 and 1974, Kramarae, 1981- all in Griffin, 2006) in the Human Communication Model.
Rosalina Rara Sarabosing, Holy Name University, The Philippines
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