Margins and Mainstreams
Asians in American History and Culture
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: University of Washington Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
Preface to the Original Edition
IN the spring of 1992, I delivered six lectures under the overall title "Margins and Mainstreams: Asians in American History and Culture" at Amherst College during my tenure there as the John J. McCloy '16 Professor of American Institutions and International Relations. With slight modification, this book consists...
I originally encountered Gary Y. Okihiro and Margins and Mainstreams at Cornell University, where I was one of the first graduate students admitted to study Asian American history with a senior faculty member recruited to teach and research Asian American studies. Back in the early 1990s, it was by no means...
Introduction to the 2014 Edition
Susceptible to my space and time, I conceptualized and wrote the lectures that became Margins and Mainstreams: Asians in American History and Culture (1994). As I explained therein, I strove to articulate the broad, complex subjects of Asian America and of Asian American studies during the neoconservative...
1. When and Where I Enter
A solitary figure defies a tank, insofar as a solitary figure can defy a tank. A "goddess of liberty" in the image of the Statue of Liberty arises from the midst of a vast throng gathered in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. The November I, 1991, issue of Asiaweek carries the caption "Welcoming Asians" under a picture...
2. Is Yellow Black or White?
Between 1985 and 1990 in New York City, there were three major protests against Korean storeowners in African communities, while in Los Angeles, as one boycott ended in the summer of I99I, another began, and within a six-month period, five Korean grocery stores were firebombed. In a Los Angeles courtroom, the television monitors showed fifteen-year-old Latasha...
3. Recentering Women
You must not tell anyone,' my mother said, 'what I am about to tell you. In China your father had a sister who killed herself. She jumped into the family well. We say that your father has all brothers because it is as if she had never been born.'''1 Thus began Maxine Hong Kingston's story "No Name Woman" in her 1975 book...
4. Family Album History
Asian American history is more than an assemblage of dates, acts, names; it is more than an accounting of the deeds of the famous and wealthy; it is more than an abstraction from the realm of the senses to the reaches of theory and discourse. To be sure, Asian American history is all that, and more. Asian American history...
5. Perils of the Body and Mind
On a plateau of rock bathed in light radiating from the Cross-that symbol in which alone Christians win their victories- stand allegorical figures of the civilised nations," noted the explanation accompanying a painting commissioned by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. Austria, England, France, Germany, ...
6. Margin as Mainstream
New parochialisms abound in the land. To the Right, a parochialism celebrates America's exceptionalism--characterized by Joyce Appleby in her 1992 presidential address to the Organization of American Historians as "America's peculiar form of Eurocentrism"1-an exceptionalism that defines and affirms a...
Page Count: 239
Publication Year: 2014
Edition: 2014 edition.
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