Imperial Citizens: Koreans and Race from Seoul to LA

Imperial Citizens: Koreans and Race from Seoul to LA

by Nadia Kim
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804758875

ISBN-13: 9780804758871

Pub. Date: 06/28/2008

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Asians and Latinos comprise the vast majority of contemporary immigrants to the United States, and their growing presence has complicated America's prevailing White-Black race hierarchy. Imperial Citizens uses a global framework to investigate how Asians from U.S.-dominated homelands learn and understand their place along U.S. color lines. With interviews

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Asians and Latinos comprise the vast majority of contemporary immigrants to the United States, and their growing presence has complicated America's prevailing White-Black race hierarchy. Imperial Citizens uses a global framework to investigate how Asians from U.S.-dominated homelands learn and understand their place along U.S. color lines. With interviews and ethnographic observations of Koreans, the book does what others rarely do: venture to the immigrants' home country and analyze racism there in relation to racial hierarchies in the United States.

Attentive to history, the book considers the origins, nature, and extent of racial ideas about Koreans/Asians in relation to White and Black Americans, investigating how immigrants engage these ideas before they depart for the United States, as well as after they arrive. The author shows that contemporary globalization involves not just the flow of capital, but also culture. Ideas about American color lines and citizenship lines have crossed oceans alongside U.S. commodities.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804758871
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
540,344
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     xi
Note on Terminology     xiii
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction: Imperial Racialization     1
Ethnonationality, "Race," and Color: The Foundation     23
Racialization in South Korea, Part I: Koreans and White America     44
Racialization in South Korea, Part II: Koreans and White-Black America     83
Navigating the Racial Terrain of Los Angeles and the United States     115
Korean Americans Walk the Line of Color and Citizenship     138
Visibly Foreign (and Invisible) Subjects: Battling Prejudice and Racism     168
Second-Generation "Foreign Model Minorities": Battling Prejudice and Racism     199
Transnational Feedback: Racial Lessons from Korean America     223
Postlude     242
Research Methods-Working in the Transnational Field     255
Notes     273
Bibliography     283
Index     305

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