Asian/American: Historical Crossings of a Racial Frontier

Asian/American: Historical Crossings of a Racial Frontier

by David Palumbo-Liu
     
 

This book argues that the invention of Asian American identities serves as an index to the historical formation of modern America. By tracing constructions of "Asian American" to an interpenetrating dynamic between Asia and America, the author obtains a deeper understanding of key issues in American culture, history, and society. See more details below

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This book argues that the invention of Asian American identities serves as an index to the historical formation of modern America. By tracing constructions of "Asian American" to an interpenetrating dynamic between Asia and America, the author obtains a deeper understanding of key issues in American culture, history, and society.

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"A model of border-crossing scholarship.... Erudite in its range of scholarship and materials, using theory with critical finesse, and moving with ease across disciplinary and area boundaries, ... it should be of relevance to all scholars engaged in Asian American studies and cultural studies, as well as scholars in American, Asian, and Pacific studies."—Arif Dirlik, Duke University

"Passionate, wide-ranging, and serious, . . . an assault on our understanding of America's modernity, . . . highly suggestive for redefining the analytical terrain of American studies."—Aihwa Ong, author of Flexible Citizenship

"Admirably grounded in history, and displaying a critical rigor in historicizing a contemporary reality."—Journal of Asian American Studies

"Only a true comparativist and interdisciplinary scholar could produce a work of such profound insights and erudition. For those well versed in critical race and ethnic studies, cultural, postcolonial, and postmodern studies, Asian American Studies, American Studies, and East Asian Studies, this book signifies the convergence and exemplifies the culmination of the new scholarship and theories that have emerged from these related fields during the past quarter century."—Choice

"Palumbo-Liu's comprehensive study will have lasting value for scholars in this rapidly changing field. . . . Each chapter demonstrates solid historical perspective as well as thoughtful critical analysis and considerable political acumen."—American Literature

Library Journal
The thesis of this intense and intriguing study is initiated through the slash inserted between "Asian" and "American." Palumbo-Liu (comparative literature, Stanford Univ.) argues repeatedly that the slash, signaling a "split" as well as a "sliding over" between two concepts, is a persistent phenomenon threatening the identity of Asians and Americans as well as Asian Americans. Through the dynamic play of the implied meanings of the slash--inclusion and exclusion at the same time--Palumbo-Liu questions the validity of the notion that Asians are a "model minority." He probes deeply into social, cultural, and political processes to examine how Asians have been assimilated into American society at different junctions throughout history. This is comprehensive and complicated research, recommended for research libraries only.--Mark Meng, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Discusses the origin and development of conceptions of Asian-American identity throughout history and in modernity, with each phase revealing different ideas about the meaning of both "Asians" and "Americans." Palumbo-Liu (comparative literature, Stanford U.) tracks representations of Asian-Americans in literature, examines the legacies of Asian wars in rural American attitudes toward Asians, and explains how the presence of Asian-Americans has historically led to a broader reevaluation of relationships between whites and all ethnic minorities in American society. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804734448
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Edition description:
1
Pages:
516
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

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