CULTURAL IDENTITY AND CULTURAL DISLOCATION IN JEAN KWOK’S GIRL IN TRANSLATION

Riski Mulia Wati

Abstract

Girl in Translation is a novel written by Jean Kwok in 2010. In her novel, Jean Kwok shows the process of cultural identity and cultural dislocation. Kimberly Chang as the main character is the one who experience Cultural Identity and Cultural Dislocation. Kimberly Chang is an immigrant who moves from Hong Kong to USA when she was young. Kimberly begins to learn English language and American culture in order to be accepted as American citizenship. She faces many difficulties and obstacles which make her lose her root culture, she changes her cultural identity and she experiences the cultural dislocation. The discussion aims to analyze how the Cultural Identity and Cultural Dislocation are depicted through the main character, Kimberly Chang, by using Stuart Hall’s theory Cultural Identity. It is used to analyze the process of Kimberly as the main character in the novel changes her cultural identity and experiences of cultural dislocation. Furthermore, the deductive method is applied to construct the general truth from the specific to the general. The library research is used to collect data and information which are relevant to the topic discussion.

Keywords: Cultural identity, Cultural Dislocation