Asian American Studies Now: A Critical Reader

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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."

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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813545745
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.90 (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


Introduction
Part I: Situating Asian America
  • When and Where I Enter
  • Neither Black nor White
  • Detroit Blues
  • A Dialogue on Racial Melancholia
  • Home Is Where the Han Is
  • Native Hawaiians: A Quest for Sovereignty
  • Situating Asian Americans in the Political Discourse on Affirmative Action
  • Racism

Part II: History and Memory
  • The Chinese Are Coming. How Can We Stop Them?
  • Public Health and the Mapping of Chinatown
  • The Secret Munson Report
  • Asian American Struggles for Civil, Political, Economic, and Social Rights
  • Out of the Shadows
  • The Cold War Origins of the Model Minority Myth
  • Why China? Identifying Histories of Transnational Adoption
  • The "Four Prisons" and the Movements of Liberation

Part III: Culture, Politics, and Society
  • Youth Culture, Citizenship, and Globalization
  • Asian Immigrant Women and Global Restructuring, 1970s-1990s
  • Medical, Racist, and Colonial Constructions of Power in Anne Fadiman's The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
  • Searching for Community
  • How to Rehabilitate a Mulatto
  • Occult Racism: The Masking of Race in the Hmong Hunter Incident, by A Dialogue between Anthropologist Louisa Schein and Filmmaker/Activist Va-Megn Thoj
  • Collateral Damage

Part IV: Pedagogies and Possibilities
  • Whither Asian American Studies?
  • Freedom Schooling
  • Asians on the Rim
  • Crafting Solidarities
  • Will Not Be Used
  • The Struggle over Parcel C
  • Race Matters in Civic Engagement Work
  • Homes, Borders, and Possibilities
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