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The nine essays in Asian North American Identities explore how Asian North Americans are no longer caught between worlds of the old and the new, the east and the west, and the south and the north. Moving beyond national and diasporic models of ethnic identity to focus on the individual feelings and experiences of those who are not part of a dominant white majority, the essays collected here draw from a wide range of sources, including novels, art, photography, poetry, cinema, theatre, and popular culture. The book illustrates how Asian North Americans are developing new ways of seeing and thinking about themselves by eluding imposed identities and creating spaces that offer alternative sites from which to speak and imagine.

Contributors are Jeanne Yu-Mei Chiu, Patricia Chu, Rocio G. Davis, Donald C. Goellnicht, Karlyn Koh, Josephine Lee, Leilani Nishime, Caroline Rody, Jeffrey J. Santa Ana, Malini Johar Schueller, and Eleanor Ty.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 1. Affect-Identity: The Emotions of Assimilation, Multiraciality, and Asian American Subjectivity
  2. pp. 15-43
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  1. 2. “I’m Blackanese”: Buddy-Cop Films, Rush Hour, and Asian American and African American Cross-racial Identification
  2. pp. 44-60
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  1. 3. “To Hide Her True Self ”: Sentimentality and the Search for an Intersubjective Self in Nora Okja Keller’s Comfort Woman
  2. pp. 61-83
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  1. 4. Identities in Process: The Experimental Poetry of Mei-mei Berssenbrugge and Myung Mi Kim
  2. pp. 84-101
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  1. 5. Asian America Is in the Heartland: Performing Korean Adoptee Experience
  2. pp. 102-117
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  1. 6. “A Task of Reclamation”: Subjectivity, Self-Representation, and Textual Formulation in Sara Suleri’s Meatless Days
  2. pp. 118-129
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  1. 7. The Transnational Imagination: Karen Tei Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange
  2. pp. 130-148
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  1. 8. At the Edge of a Shattered Mirror, Community?
  2. pp. 149-169
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  1. 9. Claiming Postcolonial America: The Hybrid Asian-American Performances of Tseng Kwong Chi
  2. pp. 170-186
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 187-200
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 201-204
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 205-212
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