Date of Award
Dissertation - Admin Access Only
Doctor of Philosophy
Shawna Yang Ryan
Craig Santos Perez
Nuclear Family is a multi-perspective novel that works at the intersection of Korean diaspora and settler colonialism in Hawaiʻi as it is imbricated in U.S. militarization of the Pacific. Written in twelve chapters, Nuclear Family is about a son detained after attempting to cross the DMZ into North Korea. His younger sister, parents, and their family plate lunch restaurant face backlash from his actions, when their sense of family and belonging as “local” become threatened by the anxiety, paranoia, and fear around their origins. As the narrative shifts between the siblings, and focalization on the family shifts to other characters, the novel challenges the way Hawaiʻi is presented as an idyllic multicultural destination primed for the family unit to claim as a place of leisure or to call “home.”
Han, Joseph, "Nuclear Family: A novel" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4.