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Declining Misery: Rural Florida’s Hmong and Korean Farmers

Declining Misery: Rural Florida’s Hmong and Korean Farmers Joo ok kim declining misery Rural Florida’s Hmong and Korean Farmers The Southern Gothic tradition asserts a misery that centers decline, the pull of decay and degeneracy, as Other more a regional terror. Yet the notion of declining misery also hinges on a dual elaboration, that of refusal, dominant of choosing to decline the long reach of misery. spatial This piece proposes a diff erent method of indexing misery by considering the dynamic confl uences imaginaries of empire, geographical relocation, and racializa- perhaps tion through interviews with Hmong and Korean farmers in rural Florida. Such a scope illuminates envision understandings of ongoing, unfi xed southern spa- themselves tial imaginaries: the unended “terror modalities of chattel slavery” that structure Black misery, by no through the means temporally bound nor geographically static untroubled in the south (Childs 29); the insistence to “[d]ig deep here and you will fi nd layers upon layers of human luxury of the suff ering and environmental degradation, but also known; but all a prime landscape for sift ing through cultural mem- ory” (Salvaggio 62); the Dolores Flores-Silva Deep the while, the Listening Trio’s refl ection on the “painfully odd, south goes reorienting perspective that renders Indigenous http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

Declining Misery: Rural Florida’s Hmong and Korean Farmers

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 49 (1) – Jun 15, 2017

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © 2008 the Southern Literary Journal and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English.
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Abstract

Joo ok kim declining misery Rural Florida’s Hmong and Korean Farmers The Southern Gothic tradition asserts a misery that centers decline, the pull of decay and degeneracy, as Other more a regional terror. Yet the notion of declining misery also hinges on a dual elaboration, that of refusal, dominant of choosing to decline the long reach of misery. spatial This piece proposes a diff erent method of indexing misery by considering the dynamic confl uences imaginaries of empire, geographical relocation, and racializa- perhaps tion through interviews with Hmong and Korean farmers in rural Florida. Such a scope illuminates envision understandings of ongoing, unfi xed southern spa- themselves tial imaginaries: the unended “terror modalities of chattel slavery” that structure Black misery, by no through the means temporally bound nor geographically static untroubled in the south (Childs 29); the insistence to “[d]ig deep here and you will fi nd layers upon layers of human luxury of the suff ering and environmental degradation, but also known; but all a prime landscape for sift ing through cultural mem- ory” (Salvaggio 62); the Dolores Flores-Silva Deep the while, the Listening Trio’s refl ection on the “painfully odd, south goes reorienting perspective that renders Indigenous

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The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jun 15, 2017

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