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A Study of the Prose of Choong Yee Voon (Zhong Yiwen): A Case of a Malaysian Chinese Writer in Taiwan

旅台馬華作家鐘怡雯之散文探析

Abstracts


被譽為臺灣文學獎常勝軍的鐘怡雯(1969-)不僅成功立足異鄉,同時深得臺灣文壇與讀者的認可,確是一值得研究分析的旅台馬華作家個案。本文探討為何好些旅台馬華作家因國籍問題而難以融入臺灣文壇,然而鐘怡雯卻深受歡迎。外貌與文學創作才華固然對其知名度的提升有直接影響,更重要的是鐘怡雯善用個人複雜的身份與背景來超越國籍,既深入臺灣文學場域又根植大馬,同時又更進一步把文學觸鬚伸向國際文學舞臺。

Parallel abstracts


Described as an "all-conquering" contestant in major Taiwanese literary award competitions for Taiwanese writers, Choong Yee Voon (1969-) presents an interesting case of a Malaysian Chinese immigrant writer in Taiwan, as she finds her foothold in a foreign land and wins the hearts of Taiwanese readers and the literary scene alike. While good looks and immense literary talents certainly contribute to her popularity, this paper investigates why is it that many other Malaysian Chinese writers see themselves as being discriminated against as facing discrimination in the Taiwanese literary scene due to their foreign nationality, while Choong, on the contrary, is embraced by readers and indigenous writers alike. This paper will show that Choong’s urge to utilize her multi-layered individual identity to transcend nationality shows her desire to not only blend into the Taiwanese literary scene, but also to maintain her roots in Malaysia, and to become part of the international writing scene.

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