Memories and Re-Memories of My Mom’s Eye Bandage: Trans-Relation Among the Norms, Otherness, and Resistance

Main Article Content

Su Jung Um
Jong Lye Won

Keywords

South Korea, otherness, visual impairment

Abstract

A mother and daughter from South Korea construct re-memories about the mother’s visual impairment.  The paper uses the concept of re-memory that Toni Morrison uses in her novel, Beloved: the act of revisiting a memory in order to reconstruct “past realities.”  The aim is not to “tell” the story of what it means to live as a person with a visual impairment while being a single mother and working as a special educator in Korean society, or what it means to live as the daughter of that person. There is no attempt to claim an authoritative version of “our stories.” Instead the goal is to recognize our own social construction and cultural conditioning through re-reading our shared memories.  Conceiving ourselves as sites for cultural critique and social change, the presentation will interrogate the ways in which mother and daughter have been constituted by historically, socially, and culturally specific discourses.  The presentation will interrogate the ways in which our memories and experiences are enmeshed in a web of ableism, classism, sexism, and ageism.  Finally, the paper will discuss what ethical work mother and daughter may/can do on themselves as educational researchers and teacher educators.

Abstract 88 | PDF Downloads 30 Word Downloads 2 Text Downloads 20

References

Bhabha, H. K. (1994). The location of culture. New York: Routledge.

Biklen, D., Attfield, R., Bissonnette, L., Blackman, L., Burke, J., Frugone, A., Mukhopadhyay, T. R., & Rubin, S. (2005). Autism and the myth of the person alone. New York: New York University Press.

Biklen, D. & Burke, J. (2006). Presuming competence. Equity & Excellence in Education, 39, 166-175.

Blackburn, L. (1999). Lucy’s story: Autism and other adventures. Redcliffe, Australia: Book in Hand.

Britzman, D. P. (1995). “The quest of belief”: Writing poststructural ethnography. Qualitative Studies in Education, 8(3), 229-238.

Butler, J. (2006). Giving an account of oneself. New York: Fordham University Press.

Charlton, J. (1998). Nothing About Us Without Us. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Couser, G. T. (2005). Disability and (auto)ethnobiography: Riding (and writing) the bus with my sister. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 34(2), 121-142.

Denzin, N. K., & Lincoln, Y. S. (2000). Introduction: The discipline and practice of qualitative research. In N. K. Denzin, & Y. S. Lincoln (Eds.), Handbook of qualitative research, 2nd edition (pp. 1-28). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Fine, M. (1994). Working the hyphens: Reinventing the self and other in qualitative research. In N. K. Denzin, & Y. S. Lincoln (Eds.), Handbook of qualitative research (pp. 70-82). Newbury, Park, CA: Sage.

Leonardo, Z. & Broderick, A. (2011). Smartness as property: A critical exploration of intersections between whiteness and disability studies. Teachers College Record, 113 (10). 2206-2232.

Miller, J. (2005). Sounds of silence breaking: Women, autobiography, curriculum. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Mooney, J. (2007). The short bus: A journey beyond normal. New York: Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

Mukhopadhyay, T. L. (2000). Beyond the silence: My life, the world, and autism. London: National Autistic Society.

Spivak, G. C. (1987). In other worlds: Essays in cultural politics. New York: Methuen.

The Maternal and Child Health Act § 14, 1, Republic of Korea § 9932 (2010).

Ministry of Health and Welfare (2003). Rules of degree of disability. Seoul, Republic of Korea: Ministry of Health and Welfare.

Weiss, L., Fine, M., Wessen, S., & Wong, M. (2000). Qualitative research, representations, and social responsibilities. In Lois Weis & Michelle Fine (Eds.), Speed bumps: A student-friendly guide to qualitative research (pp. 32-66). New York: Teachers College Press.