Contemporary Asian America (second edition): A Multidisciplinary Reader / Edition 2

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When Contemporary Asian America was first published, it exposed its readers to developments within the discipline, from its inception as part of the ethnic consciousness movement of the 1960s to the more contemporary theoretical and practical issues facing Asian America at the century’s end.

This new edition features a number of fresh entries and updated material. It covers such topics as Asian American activism, immigration, community formation, family relations, gender roles, sexuality, identity, struggle for social justice, interethnic conflict/coalition, and political participation.

As in the first edition, Contemporary Asian America provides an expansive introduction to the central readings in Asian American Studies, presenting a grounded theoretical orientation to the discipline and framing key historical, cultural, economic, and social themes with a social science focus. This critical text offers a broad overview of Asian American studies and the current state of Asian America.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Presents a valuable collection of readings that address the complexities of contemporary Asian American communities. Bringing together a wide range of scholars who work in the areas of history, sociology, gender and sexuality studies, critical race theory, transnationalism, and cultural studies, Contemporary Asian America will serve as the standard reader in courses dealing with the issues confronting contemporary Asian America for years to come.”

-K. Scott Wong,co-editor of Claiming America

“An outstanding collection of essays, representing some of the most insightful work being done in Asian American Studies today. The wide range of topics covered and the quality of the selections, make this an indispensable volume, both in terms of its substantive content and its theoretical sophistication.”
-Lane Ryo Hirabayashi,University of Colorado, Boulder

“An impressive and comprehensive collection of theoretically grounded and historically rich accounts of the Asian American collective and specific experiences. Ideal for undergraduate and graduate courses in Asian American Studies.”

-Yen Le Espiritu,author of Asian American Women and Men: Labor, Laws, and Love

Contemporary Asian America addresses pressing issues and theoretical concerns of Asian Americans in the twenty-first century. Its wide range of coverage and high quality in the depth of its analysis make this volume valuable.”

-Esther Ngan-ling Chow,American University

“A highly useful collection of readings that trace the topography of contemporary Asian American studies and introduce the major themes and concerns in the field: social movement, immigration policy, racism and racialization, labor, gender and sexuality, and cultural expression. In this ambitious reader, Zhou and Gatewood bring together the histories and contemporary issues facing Asian Americans of different ethnic heritages, generations, and social class backgrounds.”
-Elaine H. Kim,University of California, Berkeley

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814797136
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Min Zhou is Professor of Sociology and Founding Chair of the Department of Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of Chinatown, co-author of Growing Up American, and co-editor of Asian American Youth.

J. V. Gatewood is a PhD candidate in American Civilization at Brown University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Revisiting Contemporary Asian America 1
Pt. I Claiming Visibility: The Asian American Movement
1 "On Strike!" San Francisco State College Strike, 1968-1969: The Role of Asian American Students 49
2 The "Four Prisons" and the Movements of Liberation: Asian American Activism from the 1960s to the 1990s 80
Pt. II Making History: The Asian American Experience
3 From a Different Shore: Their History Bursts with Telling 117
4 When and Where I Enter 132
Pt. III Traversing Borders: Contemporary Asian Immigration to the United States
5 U.S. Immigration Policies and Asian Migration 155
6 Vietnamese, Laotian, and Cambodian Americans 175
7 The Social Construction of Gendered Migration from the Philippines 207
Pt. IV Struggling to Get Ahead: Life and Work in Asian America
8 Life and Work in the Inner City 233
9 Work and Its Place in the Lives of Immigrant Women: Garment Workers in New York City's Chinatown 254
10 Striving for the American Dream: Struggle, Success, and Intergroup Conflict among Korean Immigrant Entrepreneurs 278
Pt. V Ties That Bind: The Asian American Family and Community
11 Children of Inmates: The Effects of the Redress Movement among Third-Generation Japanese Americans 299
12 Social Capital in Chinatown: The Role of Community-Based Organizations and Families in the Adaptation of the Younger Generation 315
13 New Household Forms, Old Family Values: The Formation and Reproduction of the Filipino Transnational Family in Los Angeles 336
Pt. VI Keeping the Faith: Spiritual Practices among Asian Americans
14 Sangha of the South: Laotian Buddhism and Social Adaptation in Rural Louisiana 357
15 The Structure and Social Functions of Korean Immigrant Churches in the United States 372
16 Asian Indian and Pakistani Religions in the United States 392
Pt. VII Women in Asian America
17 Doing Gender with a Feminist Gaze: Toward a Historical Reconstruction of Asian America 413
18 Power, Patriarchy, and Gender Conflict in the Vietnamese Immigrant Community 431
Pt. VIII The Construction and Deconstruction of the "Model Minority"
19 Asian Americans as the Model Minority: An Analysis of the Popular Press Image in the 1960s and 1980s 449
20 The "Model Minority" Deconstructed 459
21 A Quota on Excellence? The Asian American Admissions Debate 483
Pt. IX Confronting Adversity: Racism, Exclusion, and the Burden of Double Standards
22 The Murder of Navroze Mody: Race, Violence, and the Search for Order 501
23 Race, Class, Citizenship, and Extraterritoriality: Asian Americans and the 1996 Campaign Finance Scandal 518
24 A Letter to My Sister 535
Pt. X Queering Asian America
25 Maiden Voyage: Excursion into Sexuality and Identity Politics in Asian America 547
26 Stories from the Homefront: Perspectives of Asian American Parents with Lesbian Daughters and Gay Sons 561
27 Searching for Community: Filipino Gay Men in New York City 572
Pt. XI The Complexity of Ethnic Identity: Interracial Marriage and Multiethnic Asian Americans
28 In Search of the Right Spouse: Interracial Marriage among Chinese and Japanese Americans 589
29 What Must I Be? Asian Americans and the Question of Multiethnic Indentity 606
Pt. XII Visual Culture
30 Is There an Asian American Aesthetics? 627
31 Art, Activism, Asia, and Asian Americans 636
Pt. XIII Mapping the Terrain: New Paradigms in Asian American Studies
32 Rethinking Race: Paradigms and Policy Formation 667
33 Heterogeneity, Hybridity, Multiplicity: Marking Asian American Differences 677
Contributors 701
Permissions 703
Index 707
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