Several contemporary writers challenge neatly drawn, "naturalized" cultural categories by ernphasizing their own mixed ancestry and the multiplicity of their identifications. . . .
The poet Ai refuses to reduce her identifications to a single ethnicity and thereby calls cultural boundaries into question. Disturbance of boundaries--though by no means only ethnic boundaries--also characterizes Ai's poetic practice and makes of that practice a powerful cultural critique.
From The Oxford Companion to Women’s Writing in the United States. Copyright © 1995 by Oxford University Press.