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Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


School of Communication Studies


Kathryn Hobson

Sharlene Richards

Michael Broderick


This autoethnographic study examines Type 1 Diabetes through the lens of intersectionality framework, power and discipline, and the chaotic story of the body. As an Adult Type 1 Diabetic at diagnosis, I explore the tensions between my already established identities as an Asian American woman in academia attempting to incorporate and accept another identity, an identity of illness. This study utilizes sensory discourses and aesthetic arrangement of ten illness narratives to delve into my experience, placing the points of tension between my identities in conversation with my body’s silenced story of chaos as it undergoes acts of power and discipline. In teasing out my illness narratives, I invite the reader with me to sit with illness and to imagine the usually silenced affects as the muted body is engaged through self-reflection and interactions with others. Through the storied experience of my illness, I hope to evoke action in the form of reflection and mindful-action.



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