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The Supoerhero and the Tiger Mom : Examining the Relation between parental expectations and career choices:: Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew's The Shadow Hero
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1435-6211
2021 (English)In: Engaging with Work in English Studies: An Issue-Based Approach / [ed] Alastair Henry & Åke Persson, Cham: Springer Publishing Company, 2021, p. 127-150Chapter in book (Other academic)
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Through the example of Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew’s The Shadow Hero (2014), this chapter interrogates the cultural clashes emerging from the discrepancy between individualist and collectivist views of work in relation to family and society. While classic superhero narratives can be understood as manifestations of individualism, this narrative presents a young hero who is pushed into the role by an overzealous mother, reminiscent of the Tiger Mother-figure of Amy Chua’s controversial autobiography (Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Penguin, 2011). Applying theories from social psychology to the analysis, it is shown that the idea of the independent self, in which work is a mark of adult autonomy, is posited against an idea of the self as interdependent and associated with collectivist ideals that link work with family and prioritize filial piety.

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Cham: Springer Publishing Company, 2021. p. 127-150
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-17555DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-69720-4_6 127ISBN: 9783030697204 (electronic)ISBN: 9783030697198 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-17555DiVA, id: diva2:1607137
Available from: 2021-10-29 Created: 2021-10-29 Last updated: 2021-11-02Bibliographically approved

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