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This diverse collection, like Asian America itself, adds up to something far more vibrant than the sum of its voices. -Eric Liu, author of The Accidental Asian "There's fury, dignity, and self-awareness in these essays. I found the voices to be energetic and the ideas exciting." -Diana Son, playwright (Stop Kiss) and co-producer (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) This refreshing and timely collection of coming-of-age essays, edited and written by young Asian Americans, powerfully captures the joys and struggles of their evolving identities as one of the fastest-growing groups in the nation and poignantly depicts the many oft-conflicting ties they feel to both American and Asian cultures. The essays also highlight the vast cultural diversity within the category of Asian American, yet ultimately reveal how these young people are truly American in their ideals and dreams. Asian American X is more than a book on identity; it is required reading both for young Asian Americans who seek to understand themselves and their social group, and for all who are interested in keeping abreast of the changing American social terrain.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 1. Label Us Angry
  2. pp. 15-18
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  1. 2. 1984
  2. pp. 19-25
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  1. 3. Death of a Butterfly
  2. pp. 26-33
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  1. 4. A Place Where I Want to Be
  2. pp. 34-38
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  1. 5. Comings and Goings
  2. pp. 39-51
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  1. 6. Seoul Searching
  2. pp. 52-57
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  1. 7. Chinese Again
  2. pp. 58-62
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  1. 8. Being Oil
  2. pp. 63-69
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  1. 9. Double-A
  2. pp. 70-75
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  1. 10. ABC for Life
  2. pp. 76-84
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  1. 11. How Not to Eat Pho: Me and Asia America
  2. pp. 85-91
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  1. 12. A Little Too Asian and Not Enough White
  2. pp. 92-99
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  1. 13. Half and Half
  2. pp. 100-105
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  1. 14. China Pearl
  2. pp. 106-111
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  1. 15. Roots and Wings
  2. pp. 112-117
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  1. 16. Creating Myself
  2. pp. 118-121
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  1. 17. Drawing the Boundaries
  2. pp. 122-129
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  1. 18. Lost and Found in Asian America
  2. pp. 130-132
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  1. 19. Brown in Faded Blue Genes
  2. pp. 133-138
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  1. 20. Out and About: Coming of Age in a Straight White World
  2. pp. 139-148
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  1. 21. Understanding Life, Ma, and Me
  2. pp. 149-153
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  1. 22. Another American Mutt
  2. pp. 154-159
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  1. 23. Shen ai shi ren
  2. pp. 160-166
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  1. 24. Brown Skin
  2. pp. 167-174
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  1. 25. The Confession: Part Two
  2. pp. 175-181
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  1. 26. The Jazzian Singer
  2. pp. 182-191
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  1. 27. Reminiscings
  2. pp. 192-200
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  1. 28. There’s No Place like Home
  2. pp. 201-205
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  1. 29. Thin Enough to Be Asian
  2. pp. 206-213
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  1. 30. Language and Identity
  2. pp. 214-221
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  1. 31. Who Am I?
  2. pp. 222-226
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  1. 32. Doppelg
  2. pp. 227-230
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  1. 33. Caught between Cultures: Identity, Choice, and the Hyphenated American
  2. pp. 231-237
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  1. 34. The Paradox of Being Too Chinese and Not Chinese Enough
  2. pp. 238-243
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  1. 35. I Am Going Home
  2. pp. 244-247
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