Seeing Color

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Indigenous peoples and racial minorities have lived and thrived in Oregon for centuries. Their legacy is interwoven with the state's history and culture even as they continue to struggle with prejudice, environmental pressures, shrinking state revenues, the effects of globalization, and the changing dynamics of the state economy. Current U.S. immigration policy and the forces of globalization have played a critical role in creating a dynamic process named the 'browning of Oregon.' This anthology brings together a group of noted multidisciplinary scholars, who explore the rich and varied experiences of Oregon's native communities and racial minorities. Anchored in a 'power relations' perspective, the book has been organized around several key historical themes, including: the foundation of ethnic communities; civil rights; social justice; ethnicity and labor; and various forms of cultural traditions. As disparate as they seem in style and topic, this collection of essays highlight the distinctive experiences of Oregon's people of color and communicates the broader interlocking categories of social identity. The book is essential reading for students, teachers, and the general public interested in contemporary racial politics.
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Editorial Reviews

Fall 2009 Journal of American Ethnic History
Seeing Color is an important book that will prove useful to scholars in anthropology, sociology, history, geography, ethnic studies, and related fields. [This] book will provide scholars, students, and decision makers in the state and beyond with a host of timely and important information on Oregon's rapidly changing and ever more diverse demographic patterns as compared to the stories and patterns that helped shape the state's predominantly white past.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761837268
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Jun Xing is Professor of Ethnic Studies at Oregon State University. He is the author/editor of five other books, including: Baptized in the Fire of Revolution (1996), Asian America through the Lens (1998), Reversing the Lens (2003), and Teaching for Change (2006). Erlinda Gonzales-Berry is Professor of Chicano/a and Latino/a at Oregon State University where she has served as chair of the Ethnic Studies Department for ten years. Patti Sakurai is Assistant Professor in the Ethnic Studies Department at Oregon State University and specializes in Asian American Studies. Robert D. Thompson Jr. is Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at Oregon State University. Trained as a sociologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Professor Thompson specializes in African American and Comparative Ethnic Studies and African American Political and Social Thought in the Early Twentieth Century. Kurt Peters is Associate Professor of Native American Studies and Comparative Ethnic Studies, serves on the Executive Board of the Rural Community Sustainability Project, and is Director of the Native American Collaborative Institute at Oregon State University.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction: From the Legacy of Ing "Doc" Hay to Reading Ethnicity in Oregon History Part 3 I: Demographics Chapter 4 Racialized Minority Demographics of Oregon Part 5 II: A Legacy of Racialization Chapter 6 "A Mistake to Simmer the Question Down to Black and White:" The History of Oregon's Miscengenation Law Chapter 7 Japanese Americans in Eastern Oregon: The Wartime Roots of an Unexpected Community Part 8 III: Indigenous Peoples and Early Communities of Color Chapter 9 Ethnicity, Solidarity, and Tradition: A Study into the Dynamics and Complexities of the Chinese Immigrant Community in John Day Chapter 10 A Very Prejudiced State: Discrimination in Oregon from 1900-1940 Chapter 11 "We are tired of cookies and old clothes:" From Poverty Programs to Community Empowerment among Oregon's mexicano Poluation, 1957-1975 Chapter 12 Lumber, Railroads, Factories, and Silicon: Asian and Pacific Islander Americans and Work in Oregon Part 12 IV: Race and Labor Chapter 13 Mixtec Farmworkers in Oregon: Linking Labor and Ethnicity through Farmworker Unions, Hometown Associations and Pan-Indigenous Organizing Part 15 V: History and Memory Chapter 16 Oral Narratives of the Klamath Termination: Using Video to Record Memory Chapter 17 Celilo Falls: Parallel Lives Along N'Che Wana Chapter 18 Defying Definition: Portraits of Arab Oregonians Part 19 VI: Politics and Social Control Chapter 20 "Political History, Political Science, and Oregon Politics: Race and Ethnicity" Chapter 21 "Made on the Inside," Destruction on the Outside: Race, Oregon and the Prison Industrial Complex Part 22 Appendix
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