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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. v

Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction: Institutionalization and the Crisis of Representation

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pp. 1-21

The development of Asian American studies as an academic field offers an intriguing case study in the history of the American university over the last three decades of the twentieth century. Emerging from the mass movements of the 1960s, Asian American studies has undergone...

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1. From Cultural Politics to Cultural Capital

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pp. 23-56

in order to describe the struggles that take place in the disparate fields of culture, politics, and the academy, we must specify the particular forms of capital at stake in each field, as well as the ratios of exchange by which the specific capital of one field can be transferred to another. ...

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2. Contradictions in the Emergence of Ethnic Studies

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pp. 57-92

This chapter returns to the founding of ethnic studies at San Francisco State College in order to investigate the competing ideas of autonomy expressed in students’ demands and how they shaped the development of the field. My analysis centers on keywords in the student discourse...

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3. Disciplinarity and the Political Identity of Asian American Studies

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pp. 93-137

in 1996, the journal Social Text published physicist Alan Sokal’s article on the “transformative hermeneutics of quantum gravity,” which ignited a public debate over the place of theory in the academy until Sokal’s hoax was revealed. Shortly afterward, in 1998 the...

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4. The Political Economy of Minority Literature

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pp. 139-171

“Asian American literature” as such can come into being only when there is a socially recognized category of identity and an institutionally defined literary field. As a subcomponent of the general field of Asian American identity, the Asian American literary field was formed amid...

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5. Asian American Cultural Capital and the Crisis of Legitimation

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pp. 173-211

At its annual convention in 1998, held in Honolulu, the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) presented a fiction award to Lois-Ann Yamanaka for her novel Blu’s Hanging. Immediately following the presentation, a resolution was introduced to rescind...

Notes

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pp. 213-233

Bibliography

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pp. 235-244

Index

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pp. 245-249

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About the Author

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p. 251

Mark Chiang is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. ...