Silent Anatomies

Silent Anatomies


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"In Silent Anatomies, Monica Ong investigates cultural silences that shape the medical-emotional landscape of family diaspora, extending from China, to the Philippines, to North America. Her collection of image-poems juxtaposes diagram and diary, bearing witness to underrepresented histories of the body. Created as an assemblage of poetry, archive, and medical ephemera, she unpacks silence not only as the absence of language, but also as historical erasure, the loss of cultural memory, reconstructed truths, and ghosted identities. Writing in the voice of Medica, a daughter and witness, she questions the social hierarchies and gender roles of her upbringing, particularly their impact on women's health-seeking habits across generations. X-ray scans and anatomical drawings are rewritten to map identity and elegy, taking us to emotional landscapes in otherwise clinical spaces. Another series of apothecary bottles seek to remedy anxieties about gender, race, and even mental illness, drawing from a fusion of multi-cultural folklore and belief. With this experimental debut, Ms. Ong invites readers into her complex lineage, much of it fading, with the remains collected here as documentation of nomadic heritage, resilience, and quiet devotion. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Tucson : Kore Press, 2015
ISBN: 9781888553697
Branch Call Number: 811.6 On3 2015
Characteristics: 89 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm


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