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Who Am I? - (Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography) by Yi-Fu Tuan (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 139

Genre: Biography + Autobiography

Series Title: Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography

Format: Paperback

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

Author: Yi-Fu Tuan

Language: English

Street Date: April 1, 2009
TCIN: 77781197
UPC: 9780299166649
Item Number (DPCI): 247-08-8899


Who Am I? is the bittersweet memoir of a Chinese American who came to this country as a twenty-year-old graduate student and stayed to become one of America's most innovative intellectuals, whose work has explored the aesthetic and moral dimensions of human relations with landscape, nature, and environment. This unusually introspective autobiography mixes Yi-Fu Tuan's reflections on a life filled with recognition, accolades, and even affection -- all signs of success -- with a deep sense of personal failure.

The son of a prominent Chinese diplomat, Tuan moved from a cosmopolitan childhood to a relatively quiet life as an academic in the United States, where his books on topics as diverse as the cultural role of pets and the moral implications of urban design have met with international scholarly and public acclaim. Yet, Tuan finds his life increasingly marked by detachment and isolation. In Who Am I?, he probes what he sees as his moral failings, his lack of courage -- including the courage to be open about his homosexuality -- resulting, as he writes, "in a life that is seamed in ambivalence -- achingly empty at the core, despairingly alone, yet often content, occasionally even happy, " as when he catches glimpses of heaven in his exploration of the beautiful and the good.

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