The Transnational Politics of Asian Americans

The Transnational Politics of Asian Americans

by Christian Collet, Pei-Te Lien
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The Transnational Politics of Asian Americans

As America's most ethnically diverse foreign-born population, Asian Americans can puzzle political observers. This volume's multidisciplinary team of contributors employ a variety of methodologies- including quantitative, ethnographic, and historical-to illustrate how transnational ties between the U.S. and Asia have shaped, and are increasingly defining, Asian American politics in our multicultural society.

Original essays by U.S.- and Asian-based scholars discuss Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese communities from Boston to Honolulu. The volume also shows how the grassroots activism of America's "newest minority" both reflects and is instrumental in broader processes of political change throughout the Pacific. Addressing the call for more global approaches to racial and ethnic politics, contributors describe how Asian immigrants strategically navigate the hurdles to domestic incorporation and equality by turning their political sights and energies toward Asia. These essays convincingly demonstrate that Asian American political participation in the U.S. does not consist simply of domestic actions with domestic ends.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592138616
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 07/28/2009
Series: Asian American History & Cultu
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Christian Collet is Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at the International Christian University, Tokyo.

Pei-te Lien is Professor of Political Science affiliated with Asian American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her book The Making of Asian America through Political Participation (Temple), received the 2002 Best Book Award on Political Participation, Voting, Elections, and Political Behavior from APSA's Division on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics.  

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables 
1. The Transnational Politics of Asian Americans: Controversies, Questions, Convergence

PART I: Asian States and Nationalisms in Asian American Politics: Then and Now 
2. Dancing with the Rising Sun: Strategic Alliances between Japanese Immigrants and Their “Home” Government 
3. Journeys of Discovery and Difference: Transnational Politics and the Union of Democratic Filipinos 
4. Contested Nation: Vietnam and the Emergence of Saigon Nationalism in the United States

PART II: The Practices and Sites of Asian American Transnational Politics 
5. Transnational Dimensions of Community Empowerment: The Victories of Chanrithy Uong and Sam Yoon 
6. Working Democracy: Transnational Repertoires of Citizenship among New Chinese Americans 
7. The Limits of Transnational Mobilization: Indian American Lobby Groups and the India–U.S. Civil Nuclear Deal 
8. Network Governance of Asian American Diasporic Politics

PART III: Transnational Political Behavior and Asian American Identities 
9. Like Latinos? Explaining the Transnational Political Behavior of Asian Americans 
10. The Intersection of “Americanization” and “Racial Expansion”: Nisei Identity Politics in Prewar Hawai‘i 
11. Does Transnational Living Preclude Pan-Ethnic Thinking? An Exploration of Asian American Identities 
About the Contributors 

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