Asian American Studies Now: A Critical Reader

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Overview


Asian American Studies Now truly represents the enormous changes occurring in Asian American communities and the world, changes that require a reconsideration of how the interdisciplinary field of Asian American studies is defined and taught. This comprehensive anthology, arranged in four parts and featuring a stellar group of contributors, summarizes and defines the current shape of this rapidly changing field, addressing topics such as transnationalism, U.S. imperialism, multiracial identity, racism, immigration, citizenship, social justice, and pedagogy.

Jean Yu-wen Shen Wu and Thomas C. Chen have selected essays for the significance of their contribution to the field and their clarity, brevity, and accessibility to readers with little to no prior knowledge of Asian American studies. Featuring both reprints of seminal articles and groundbreaking texts, as well as bold new scholarship, Asian American Studies Now addresses the new circumstances, new communities, and new concerns that are reconstituting Asian America.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

"A very valuable resource for students and scholars of Asian American and ethnic studies. Highly recommended."
MELUS

"Pedagogically focused and structured, Asian American Studies Now underscores the present-day relevance of the field, given the contemporary realities of neoliberal globalization and the post-9/11 security state. Asian American Studies Now is a return to the field's community-driven roots."
author of Almost All Aliens - Paul Spickard

"To read these essays is to be challenged again and again by some of the brightest minds and most sophisticated political sensibilities at work today. This volume is essential reading."
Choice

"A very valuable resource for students and scholars of Asian American and ethnic studies. Highly recommended."
Choice
"A very valuable resource for students and scholars of Asian American and ethnic studies. Highly recommended."
Paul Spickard
"To read these essays is to be challenged again and again by some of the brightest minds and most sophisticated political sensibilities at work today. This volume is essential reading."
MELUS
"Pedagogically focused and structured, Asian American Studies Now underscores the present-day relevance of the field, given the contemporary realities of neoliberal globalization and the post-9/11 security state. Asian American Studies Now is a return to the field's community-driven roots."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813545752
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 753,795
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Jean Yu-wen Shen Wu is a senior lecturer in the American studies program at Tufts University and the coeditor of Asian American Studies: A Reader (Rutgers University Press).

Thomas C. Chen is a doctoral candidate in the American civilization department at Brown University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

1 Situating Asian America

1 When and Where I Enter Gary Y. Okihiro 3

2 Neither Black nor White Angelo N. Ancheta 21

3 Detroit Blues: “Because of You Motherfuckers” Helen Zia 35

4 A Dialogue on Racial Melancholia David L. Eng Shinhee Han 55

5 Home Is Where the Han Is: A Korean American Perspective on the Los Angeles Upheavals Elaine H. Kim 80

6 Recognizing Native Hawaiians: A Quest for Sovereignty Davianna Pomaika'i McGregor 99

7 Situating Asian Americans in the Political Discourse on Affirmative Action Michael Omi Dana Takagi 118

8 Racism: From Domination to Hegemony Howard Winant 126

2 History and Memory

9 The Chinese Are Coming. How Can We Stop Them? Chinese Exclusion and the Origins of American Gatekeeping Erika Lee 143

10 Public Health and the Mapping of Chinatown Nayan Shah 168

11 The Secret Munson Report Michi Nishiura Weglyn 193

12 Asian American Struggles for Civil, Political, Economic, and Social Rights Sucheng Chan 213

13 Out of the Shadows: Camptown Women, Military Brides, and Korean (American) Communities Ji-Yeon Yuh 239

14 The Cold War Origins of the Model Minority Myth Robert G. Lee 256

15 Why China? Identifying Histories of Transnational Adoption Sara Dorow 272

16 The “Four Prisons” and the Movements of Liberation: Asian American Activism from the 1960s to the 1990s Glenn Omatsu 298

3 Culture, Politics, and Society

17 Youth Culture, Citizenship, and Globalization: South Asian Muslim Youth in the United States after September 11th Sunaina Maira 333

18 Asian Immigrant Women and Global Restructuring, 1970s–1990s Rhacel Salazar Parreñas 354

19 Medical, Racist, and Colonial Constructions of Power in Anne Fadiman's The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down Monica Chiu 370

20 Searching for Community: Filipino Gay Men in New York City Martin F. Manalansan IV 393

21 How to Rehabilitate a Mulatto: The Iconography of Tiger Woods Hiram Perez 405

22 Occult Racism: The Masking of Race in the Hmong Hunter Incident: A Dialogue between Anthropologist Louisa Schein Filmmaker/Activist Va-Megn Thoj 423

23 Collateral Damage: Southeast Asian Poverty in the United States Eric Tang 454

4 Pedagogies and Possibilities

24 Whither Asian American Studies? Suckeng Chan 477

25 Freedom Schooling: Reconceptualizing Asian American Studies for Our Communities Glenn Omatsu 496

26 Asians on the Rim: Transnational Capital and Local Community in the Making of Contemporary Asian America Arif Dirlik 515

27 Crafting Solidarities Vijay Prashad 540

28 We Will Not Be Used: Are Asian Americans the Racial Bourgeoisie? Mari Matsuda 558

29 The Struggle over Parcel C: How Boston's Chinatown Won a Victory in the Fight Against Institutional Expansionism and Environmental Racism Andrew Leong 565

30 Race Matters in Civic Engagement Work Jean Y. Wu 581

31 Homes, Borders, and Possibilities Yen Le Espiritu 603

Biographical Notes 623

Copyrights and Permissions 627

Index 631

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