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dc.contributor.advisorJin, Xuefeien_US
dc.contributor.authorYang, Victor Wei Keen_US
dc.date.accessioned2021-06-03T15:31:45Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/42633
dc.descriptionPlease note: this work is permanently embargoed in OpenBU. No public access is forecasted for this item. To request private access, please click on the locked Download file link and fill out the appropriate web form.en_US
dc.description.abstractA House by the Water tells the story of a Chinese immigrant family through multiple voices: that of a twenty-eight-old gay son, but also those of his parents. The father, Jun, is desperate for a solution to his son’s problem. As a scientist, he pores over clinical studies, but he fails to find a cure for homosexuality. Liya, a hotel housekeeper, suffers a stroke after hearing the news. Eric, the son, turns to conversion therapy. As mother and father seek to save Eric, and as Eric attempts to save himself, some call their actions homophobia; others insist it is love. The distinctions are not as simple as they may appear: hate or love, gay or straight, desire or duty. This is about a story about members of a family who reckon with the secrets they have kept from themselves and one another. Whereas queer people have to come out of a closet, immigrants have to assimilate into one. In America, we learn to hide the truest parts of ourselves, for only then can we escape shame and humiliation. We can keep these secrets in real life, but in the novel, the characters cannot continue playing pretend. A House by the Water explores the unintended consequences of truth-telling, and what it means to love someone who was never the person you thought they were.en_US
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dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internationalen_US
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subjectCreative writingen_US
dc.titleA House by the Wateren_US
dc.typeThesis/Dissertationen_US
dc.date.updated2021-05-25T22:07:46Z
dc.description.embargo2999-01-01T00:00:00Z
etd.degree.nameMaster of Fine Artsen_US
etd.degree.levelmastersen_US
etd.degree.disciplineCreative Writingen_US
etd.degree.grantorBoston Universityen_US


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