Yellow Journalist: Dispatches from Asian America / Edition 1

Yellow Journalist: Dispatches from Asian America / Edition 1

by William Wong
     
 

Who are Asian Americans? Are they the remnants of the "yellow peril" portrayed in the media through stories on Asian street gangs, unscrupulous political fundraisers, and crafty nuclear spies? Or are they the "model minority" that the media present as consistently outranking European Americans in math scores and violin performances?

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Who are Asian Americans? Are they the remnants of the "yellow peril" portrayed in the media through stories on Asian street gangs, unscrupulous political fundraisers, and crafty nuclear spies? Or are they the "model minority" that the media present as consistently outranking European Americans in math scores and violin performances?

In this funny, sobering, and always enlightening collection, journalist William Wong comments on these and other anomalies of the Asian American experience. From its opening tribute to the Oakland Chinatown of Wong's childhood to its closing tribute to Tiger Woods, Yellow Journalist portrays the many-sided legacies of exclusion and discrimination. The stories, columns, essays, and commentaries in this collection tackle such persistent problems as media racism, criminality, inter-ethnic tensions, and political marginalization. As a group, they make a strong case for the centrality of the Asian American historical experiences in U.S. race relations.

The essays cover many subjects, from the personal to policy, from the serious to the silly. You will learn a little Asian American history and a lot about the nuances and complexities of the contemporary Asian American experience. If there is an overriding theme of these stories and essays, it is the multi-faceted adaptation of ethnic Asians to the common American culture, the intriguing roles that they play in our society, and the quality of their achievements to contribute to a better society.

Bill Wong's high school journalism teacher took him aside during his senior year and told him he would have to be "twice as good" to succeed at his chosen profession. Succeed he did, and "twice as good" he is. As Darrell Hamamoto remarks in his Foreword, "'Chinaman,' Chinese American, Asian American; any way you slice it, Bill Wong is one straight-up righteous Yellow Man."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566398305
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Series:
Mapping Racisms Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Hometown: In the Shadow of San Francisco10
American Dream, Chinatown Branch10
A "Manong" with Magical Hands24
2Family: From Agrarianism to Cyberspace30
Finding Sacred Ground30
Traditions: Old and New45
"Rock On, Mr. President"48
3History: From Exclusion to Confusion50
Conquering Frontiers and Barriers50
Wong Is An American Name52
The "Forgotten Holocaust"55
Healing Wounds, or Opening Them?57
The Price of Memories61
4Immigration: Huddled Masses64
Still Searching for Gold Mountain64
Second-Class Citizenship67
Downsize Your SUV69
Se Habla English70
5Identity and Acculturation: Visibly Invisible73
A State of Mind73
So That's Why I Can't Lose Weight77
Yellow Chic78
A Tumultuous World in Transition80
"We Lost a Country"82
Who's a Bonehead Now?85
Paradise Lost88
Minnesota Chow Mein92
Best Friend or Best Meal?95
Violating the Crustacean Creed96
Parenting, Chinese Style98
The American Nightmare101
6Anti-Asian Racism: Forever Foreigners107
"The Boat People Own Everything"107
Learning from the Vincent Chin Case110
Escaping Racism: No Way Out113
The Golden State of Bigotry117
Swastikas in the Sunset120
Un-American Christians122
I Am a Gook124
7Class: Yin and Yang126
Picking on the Most Vulnerable126
New Global Capitalists129
An Obnoxious Status Quest132
The Rich Can Be Nice Too134
Exploiting Our Own136
8Affirmative Action: The Myth of Meritocracy138
Between a Rock and a Hard Place138
Calling for Magician Administrators143
The Selfish Versus the Altruists145
When Value Collide147
9Gender: He Said, She Said150
The "Hottest" Dating Trend150
Special Assets154
Hiding Behind a Cultural Defense156
The Hero of Asian Men159
10Race Relations: Why Can't We All Get Along?164
Just Who Is the Victim Here?164
Playing Together168
Plenty of Blame to Go Around170
Middleman Myopia172
Yellow Pride Versus Multiculturalism176
Beyond Black and White180
11Politics: A Seat at the Table183
Right Man, Wrong Time183
Race and Ideology: Bumping into Each Other186
An Asian American "Mr. Fixit"189
Riding a Yellow Wave194
A Common Human Affliction198
A Question of Loyalty200
Trolling for the Big Fish202
Scientific Scapegoat204
12Crime: Bang, Bang, You're Dead206
"It Makes You Feel Special"206
The Model Minority Criminal208
Born to Kill213
Boyish Appeal215
13Stars: I Am Somebody219
Colorblind Casting219
Forbidden in More Ways Than One223
The Connie Chung Syndrome226
Kowtowing to the Queen228
Disposable Commodities233
Mercenaries238
The Politics of a Bond Film242
Money Talks243
The News Media: Only Getting Part of It245
Everybody's Child251
Publication Credits253
Index259

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