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Across the Pacific : Asian Americans and globalization /
edited by Evelyn Hu-DeHart.
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New York : Asia Society ; Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1999.
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xi, 220 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1566397103 (cloth : alk. paper)
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New York : Asia Society ; Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1999.
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1566397103 (cloth : alk. paper)
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3070583
 
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-01-03:
In 1996, the Asia Society and several other groups organized a conference around the theme, "Bridges with Asia: Asian Americans in the United States." Although edited works stemming from conferences often contain articles of uneven qualify, all of the essays in this volume are thoughtful and illuminating, collectively drawing attention to exciting scholarship on the multifaceted aspects of Asian American transnational involvement with Asia. An opening chapter by editor Hu-DeHart points out that Asian American participation in the globalized economy presents both opportunities and risks. On the one hand, Asian Americans can be "go-betweens" for capital and investment, serving as "bridge-building transnationals" and opening doors on both sides of the Pacific. On the other hand, their ability to transcend national boundaries because of their bicultural competencies may raise questions about their allegiance to the US, giving rise to negative stereotypes with important political implications for Asian Americans, and casting them as perpetual foreigners. Closely related to this is the issue of how a transnational orientation might influence notions of home, community, and citizenship, which are examined in other essays. Suitable for collections serving the general public and undergraduates. F. Ng; California State University, Fresno
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"[These essays] should provide some answers to the field of Asian American studies, which has been both energized and troubled by recent trends toward transnationalism and diasporic studies, and which in other ways has been internationalizing its focus. They should also address some questions for the field of Asian studies, whose practitioners are now wondering out loud how, precisely by internationalizing themselves, Asian Americans, given their biculturalism and transnationality, might help frame new approaches to the study of Asia and its subjects." -Evelyn Hu-DeHart, from the Introduction
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Across the Pacific explores in descriptive and critical ways how transnational relationships and interactions in Asian American communities are manifested, exemplified, and articulated within the international context of the Pacific Rim. In eight ground-breaking essays, contributors address new meanings and practices of Asian Americans in the global transformation of the post-Civil Rights, post-Cold War, postmodern and postcolonial era.Asian Americans have always been a trans-Pacific community-and are now more than ever. Since the changes in immigration laws in 1965, after decades of exclusion from the United States, Asians are once more immigrating to the U.S. Entering the U.S. upon the culmination of the Civil Rights movement, Asians becoming Asian Americans have joined a self-consciously multicultural society. Asian economies have roared onto the world stage, creating new markets while circulating capital and labor at an unprecedented scale and intensity, thereby helping drive the forces of modern globalization.Considering issues of diaspora, transmigrancy, assimilation, institutionalized racism, and community, Across the Pacific offers essays on such topics as the impact of the new migrations on Asian American subjectivity and politics, the role of Asian Americans in Pacific rim economies, and cultural expressions of dislocation among contemporary Asian American writers. It asks: If Asian Americans are to assume the role of bridge builders across the Pacific, what are the opportunities, the risks, the promises, the perils? Author note: Evelyn Hu-DeHart is Professor and Chair of Ethnic Studies and Director of the Center for Studies of Ethnicity and Race in America at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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If Asian Americans are to assume the role of bridge builders across the Pacific, what are the opportunities, the risks, the promises, and the perils? The answer to this question comes in eight groundbreaking essays in which contributors to Across the Pacific address issues of contemporary growth and diversification of Asian America in relation to the increasingly globalized economy. New meanings and practices of Asian Americans are considered in the atmosphere of global transformation that is present in the post-Civil Rights, post-Cold War, postmodern, and postcolonial era. This book explores, in descriptive and critical ways, how transnational relationships and interactions in Asian American communities are manifested, exemplified, and articulated within the international context of the Pacific Rim.Members of the Asian American community have always been trans-Pacific, but are now more than ever, since the 1965 change in U.S. immigration law. Entering the U.S. at the culmination of the Civil Rights movement, Asians becoming Asian Americans have joined a self-consciously multicultural society. Asian economies roared onto the world stage, creating new markets while circulating capital and labor at an unprecedented scale and intensity, thereby helping drive the forces of modern globalization. These essays by well-known scholars in the field of Asian American studies consider such topics as the impact of new migrations on Asian American subjectivity and politics, Asian American activism and U.S. foreign policy, and the role of Asian Americans in Pacific Rim economies.Considering issues of diaspora, transmigrancy, assimilation, institutionalized racism, and community, Across thePacific covers such cutting-edge subjects as the cultural expressions of dislocation among c
Table of Contents
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Asian American Formations in the Age of Globalizationp. 1
Asians on the Rim: Transnational Capital and Local Community in the Making of Contemporary Asian Americap. 29
Chinese Americans in the Formation of the Pacific Regional Economyp. 61
Asian American Economic Engagement: Vietnam Case Studyp. 79
Asian American Activism and U.S. Foreign Policyp. 109
Exclusion and Inclusion: Immigration and American Orientalismp. 129
Asian Americans at the Intersection of International and Domestic Tensions: An Analysis of Newspaper Coveragep. 152
Inventing the Earth: The Notion of "Home" in Asian American Literaturep. 191
About the Contributorsp. 219
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