Asian American Studies Now : A Critical Reader

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  • Copyright: 2010-04-01
  • Publisher: Rutgers Univ Pr

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Asian American Studies Nowtruly represents the enormous changes occurring in Asian American communities and the world, changes that require a reconsideration of how the interdisciplinary field of Asian American studies is defined and taught. This comprehensive anthology, arranged in four parts and featuring a stellar group of contributors, summarizes and defines the current shape of this rapidly changing field, addressing topics such as transnationalism, U.S. imperialism, multiracial identity, racism, immigration, citizenship, social justice, and pedagogy.Jean Yu-wen Shen Wu and Thomas C. Chen have selected essays for the significance of their contribution to the field and their clarity, brevity, and accessibility to readers with little to no prior knowledge of Asian American studies. Featuring both reprints of seminal articles and groundbreaking texts, as well as bold new scholarship,Asian American Studies Nowaddresses the new circumstances, new communities, and new concerns that are reconstituting Asian America.

Author Biography

Jean Yu-wen Shen Wu is a senior lecturer in the American studies program at Tufts University and the coeditor of Asian American Studies: A Reader (Rutgers University Press). Thomas C. Chen is a doctoral candidate in the American civilization department at Brown University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Situating Asian America
When and Where I Enterp. 3
Neither Black nor Whitep. 21
Detroit Blues: “Because of You Motherfuckers”p. 35
A Dialogue on Racial Melancholiap. 55
Home Is Where the Han Is: A Korean American Perspective on the Los Angeles Upheavalsp. 80
Recognizing Native Hawaiians: A Quest for Sovereigntyp. 99
Situating Asian Americans in the Political Discourse on Affirmative Actionp. 118
Racism: From Domination to Hegemonyp. 126
History and Memory
The Chinese Are Coming. How Can We Stop Them? Chinese Exclusion and the Origins of American Gatekeepingp. 143
Public Health and the Mapping of Chinatownp. 168
The Secret Munson Reportp. 193
Asian American Struggles for Civil, Political, Economic, and Social Rightsp. 213
Out of the Shadows: Camptown Women, Military Brides, and Korean (American) Communitiesp. 239
The Cold War Origins of the Model Minority Mythp. 256
Why China? Identifying Histories of Transnational Adoptionp. 272
The “Four Prisons” and the Movements of Liberation: Asian American Activism from the 1960s to the 1990sp. 298
Culture, Politics, and Society
Youth Culture, Citizenship, and Globalization: South Asian Muslim Youth in the United States after September 11thp. 333
Asian Immigrant Women and Global Restructuring, 1970s–1990sp. 354
Medical, Racist, and Colonial Constructions of Power in Anne Fadiman's The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Downp. 370
Searching for Community: Filipino Gay Men in New York Cityp. 393
How to Rehabilitate a Mulatto: The Iconography of Tiger Woodsp. 405
Occult Racism: The Masking of Race in the Hmong Hunter Incident: A Dialogue between Anthropologistp. 423
Collateral Damage: Southeast Asian Poverty in the United Statesp. 454
Pedagogies and Possibilities
Whither Asian American Studies?p. 477
Freedom Schooling: Reconceptualizing Asian American Studies for Our Communitiesp. 496
Asians on the Rim: Transnational Capital and Local Community in the Making of Contemporary Asian Americap. 515
Crafting Solidaritiesp. 540
We Will Not Be Used: Are Asian Americans the Racial Bourgeoisie?p. 558
The Struggle over Parcel C: How Boston's Chinatown Won a Victory in the Fight Against Institutional Expansionism and Environmental Racismp. 565
Race Matters in Civic Engagement Workp. 581
Homes, Borders, and Possibilitiesp. 603
Biographical Notesp. 623
Copyrights and Permissionsp. 627
Indexp. 631
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