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Laotian Daughters

Laotian Daughters focuses on second-generation environmental justice activists in Richmond, California. Bindi Shah's pathbreaking book charts these young women's efforts to improve the degraded conditions in their community and explores the ways their activism and political practices resist the negative stereotypes of race, class, and gender associated with their ethnic group.

Using ethnographic observations, interviews, focus groups, and archival data on their participation in Asian Youth Advocates—a youth leadership development project—Shah analyzes the teenagers' mobilization for social rights, cross-race relations, and negotiations of gender and inter-generational relations. She also addresses issues of ethnic youth, and immigration and citizenship and how these shape national identities.

Shah ultimately finds that citizenship as a social practice is not just an adult experience, and that ethnicity is an ongoing force in the political and social identities of second-generation Laotians.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. 1. “Where We Live, Where We Work, Where We Play, Where We Learn”: The Asian Pacific Environmental Network
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. 2. From Agent Orange to Superfund Sites to Anti-immigrant Sentiments: Multiple Voyages, Ongoing Challenges
  2. pp. 22-36
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  1. 3. New Immigration and the American Nation: A Framework for Citizenship and Belonging
  2. pp. 37-51
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  1. 4. The Politics of Race: Political Identity and the Struggle for Social Rights
  2. pp. 52-81
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  1. 5. Negotiating Racial Hierarchies: Critical Incorporation, Immigrant Ideology, and Interminority Relations
  2. pp. 82-105
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  1. 6. Family, Culture, Gender: Narratives of Ethnic Reconstruction
  2. pp. 106-129
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  1. 7. Building Community, Crafting Belonging in Multiple Homes
  2. pp. 130-152
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  1. 8. Becoming “American”: Remaking American National Identity through Environmental Justice Activism
  2. pp. 153-166
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  1. Appendix: Socio-demographic Information on Second-Generation Laotians Who Participated in the Study
  2. pp. 167-168
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 169-180
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  1. References
  2. pp. 181-196
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 197-201
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