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Undercover Asian
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In this first book-length study of media images of multiracial Asian Americans, Leilani Nishime traces the codes that alternatively enable and prevent audiences from recognizing the multiracial status of Asian Americans. Nishime's perceptive readings of popular media--movies, television shows, magazine articles, and artwork--indicate how and why the viewing public often fails to identify multiracial Asian Americans. Using actor Keanu Reeves, the Matrix trilogy, and golfer Tiger Woods as examples, Nishime suggests that this failure is tied to gender, sexuality, and post-racial politics. Also considering alternative images such as reality TV star Kimora Lee Simmons, the television show Battlestar Galactica, and the artwork of Kip Fulbeck, this incisive study offers nuanced interpretations that open the door to a new and productive understanding of race in America.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface. Why Are You? Multiracial Asian Americans and the Question of Visibility
  2. pp. xi-xxii
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  1. 1. Multiracial Asian Americans and the Myth of the Mulatto Millennium
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. PART I: UNDERCOVER ASIANS
  2. pp. 19-20
  1. 2. Queer Keanu: The Politics of Bad Acting in the Era of Don't Ask, Don't Tell
  2. pp. 21-40
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  1. 3. Tiger Woods and the Perils of Colorblind Celebrity
  2. pp. 41-62
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  1. 4. Aliens: The Interracial Family in Battlestar Galactica
  2. pp. 63-82
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  1. PART II: ASIANS UNCOVERED
  2. pp. 83-84
  1. 5. The Matrix Trilogy and Multiraciality at the End of Time
  2. pp. 85-106
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  1. 6. Camp Kimora
  2. pp. 107-132
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  1. 7. Seeing Multiracial
  2. pp. 133-160
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 161-194
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 195-218
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 219-238
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  1. About the Author, Series Page, Production Notes
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