Beyond Yellow English: Toward a Linguistic Anthropology of Asian Pacific America

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Beyond Yellow English is the first edited volume to examine issues of language, identity, and culture among the rapidly growing Asian Pacific American (APA) population. The distinguished contributors-who represent a broad range of perspectives from anthropology, sociolinguistics, English, and education-focus on the analysis of spoken interaction and explore multiple facets of the APA experience. Authors cover topics such as media representations of APAs; codeswitching and language crossing; and narratives of ethnic identity. The collection examines the experiences of Asian Pacific Americans of different ethnicities, generations, ages, and geographic locations across home, school, community, and performance sites.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195327366
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2008
  • Series: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Angele Reyes is Associate Professor of English, Hunter College.

Adrienne Lo is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: On Yellow English and Other Perilous Terms, Adrienne Lo and Angela Reyes
Part I: Interactional Positionings of Selves and Identities
2. Styles and Stereotypes: Loatin American Girls' Linguistic Negotiation of Identity, Mary Bucholtz
3. Asian American Stereotypes as Circulating Resource, Angela Reyes
4. Evidentiality and Morality in a Korean Heritage Language School, Adrienne Lo
5. On Using Semiotic Resources in a Racist World: A Commentary, Jane H. Hill
Part II: Discursive Constitutions of Groups and Communities
6. "Talk about Luck": Coherence, Contingency, Character and Class in the Life Stories of Filipino Canadians in Toronto, Bonnie McElhinny, Valerie Damasco, Shirley Yeung, Angela F. De Ocampo, Monina Febria, Christianne Collantes, and Jason Salonga
7. Turban Narratives: Discourses of Identification and Difference among Punjabi Sikh Families in Los Angeles, Wendy L. Klein
8. Constructing Ethnic Identity through Discourse: Self-Categorization among Korean American Camp Counselors, M. Agnes Kang
9. Who is "Japanese" in Hawai'i?: The Discursive Construction of Ethnic Identity, Asuka Suzuki
10. Communities and Identities: Fraught Categories and Anchoring Resources: A Commentary, Niko Besnier
Part III: Languages in Contact
11. Arbitrating Community Norms: The Use of English Me in Japanese Discourse, Emi Morita
12. Illegitimate Speakers of English: Negotiation of Linguistic Identity among Korean International Students, Joseph Sung-Yul Park
13. Bilingual Creativity and Self-Negotiation: Korean American Children's Language Socialization into Korean Address Terms, Juyoung Song
14. Phonological and Cultural Innovations in the Speech of Samoans in Southern California, Alessandro Duranti and Jennifer F. Reynolds
15. What Do Bilinguals Do?: A Commentary, Asif Agha
Part IV: Linguistic Practices in Media Contexts
16. Ideologies of Legitimate Mockery: Margaret Cho's Revoicings of Mock Asian, Elaine W. Chun
17. "We Can Laugh at Ourselves": Hawai'i Ethnic Humor, Local Identity and the Myth of Multiculturalism, Roderick N. Labrador
18. Reel to Real: Desi Teens' Linguistic Engagements with Bollywood, Shalini Shankar
19. Perspective and the Politics of Representation: A Commentary, Susan Gal
Part V: Educational Institutions and Language Acquisition
20. Trading Tongues: Loss of Heritage Languages in the United States, Leanne Hinton
21. Forever FOB?: Resisting and Reproducing the Other in High School ESL, Steven Talmy
22. Sequences, Scripts, and Subject Pronouns in the Construction of Chinese Heritage Identity, Agnes Weiyun He
23. The Emergence of Language Identity in Cultural Action: A Commentary, Bonnie Urciuoli

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