Asian Americans in Dixie
Race and Migration in the South
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Illinois Press
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Title Page, About the Series, Copyright, Dedication
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We acknowledge those who have helped bring this volume to fruition. First, we thank our contributors whose patience and intellectual ef_forts are demonstrated on the subsequent pages. Our gratitude to you for having faith in the volume and us; we have enjoyed the journey together and learned much along the way We thank Derek Krissof_f for thinking this project worthwhile from the onset. ...
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...dew of Georgia day, heat as pecan sizzle in salted air.T_here are memories you wish to forget & ones you wish to f_lame—...
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T_he f_igure of the Asian American is perceived to be discrepant in and antitheti-cal to the U.S. South.uniF6DC Within the American imaginary, the Asian American as perpetual foreigner and alien is always seen as a recent immigrant, and therefore associated with contemporary times,uniF63A while the South is perceived as an anach-ronistic and isolated region; this renders the two—the Asian American and the ...
Part I. Disrupting Race and Place
Chapter 1. Selling the East in the American South
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Over the past two decades, while South Asian American Studies has begun to coalesce as a f_ield, the broad historical narrative of South Asian immigration to the United States has changed little. Most of the work in the f_ield has focused on the decades of migration and settlement that unfolded af_ter passage of the 1nine.oldstylesix.oldstyle5 Hart-Cellar Immigration Act. T_his work was initially centered on the immediate ...
Chapter 2. Racial Interstitiality and the Anxieties of the "Partly Colored"
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...[W]hen you look at the Chinese stores down by the river, you get a totally dif_ferent picture. T_he[y]’re right down in nigger town, and what goes on there, God only knows. When those yellow people f_irst have proved themselves, and we’ve accepted them, but those that —White informant in Mississippi, 1nine.oldstylesix.oldstylesix.oldstyle, emphasis mine.uniF6DC...
Chapter 3. Racism without Recognition
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Far from the galvanizing f_igure of Vincent Chin sits another f_igure, that of Seung-Hui Cho. Vincent Chin was a Chinese American man beaten to death by two white men in what appeared to be a frenzy of anti-Japanese scapegoating and xenophobia in the economically depressed city of Detroit in 1nine.oldstyleeight.oldstyle2. T_he f_igure of Chin, the victim of racial violence, instigated Asian American politics, activism, ...
Part II. Community Formation and Profiles
Chapter 4. Segregation, Exclusion, and the Chinese Communities in Georgia, 1880s–1940
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Communities in Georgia, 1eight.oldstyleeight.oldstylezero.oldstyles-1nine.oldstyle4zero.oldstyleBetween 1eight.oldstyle75 and 1nine.oldstyle43, the U.S. Congress passed several laws designed to curtail Chinese entry into the United States. Unregulated Chinese migration was deemed a threat to the employment opportunities of European American workers and the machinations of white labor groups who did not want employers to use Chi-...
Chapter 5. Moving out of the Margins and into the Mainstream
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With a focus on the South, this study investigates current demographic charac-teristics of Asian Americans. Statistical data are analyzed in regard to population sizes, geographic distribution, multiracial and ethnic diversity, socioeconomic char-acteristics, migration, and other basic demographic variables. Among the many results, the high rate of demographic growth of Asian Americans in the South is ...
Chapter 6. Natives of a Ghost Country
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T_he post–World War II economic and population boom of the Sunbelt states, particularly Texas, transformed Southern cities such as Houston into an attrac-tive economic and geographical center for migrants, immigrants, and refugees to resettle. With ties to the oil ref_ining industry, Houston experienced a dramatic economic growth period as oil production and prices soared during the 1nine.oldstyle70s. T_he ...
Chapter 7. Standing Up and Speaking Out
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Chick-f_il-A is one of the most popular fast food establishments in the Atlanta metropolitan area, the chain founded by a devout Christian named S. Truitt Cathy. Chick-f_il-A of_fers a free sandwich on Mondays to any patron who brings in a church bulletin,uniF6DC and the entire chain, from coast to coast, closes every Sunday. T_he chain explains these policies in expressly religious terms, citing “the com-...
Part III. Performing Race, Region, and Nation
Chapter 8. Southern Eruptions in Asian American Narratives
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Kahn Souphanousinphone: “I live in California last 20 years but f_irst Kahn Souphanousinphone: “We Laotian, from Laos, stupid! It’s a landlocked country in Southeast Asia. It’s between Viet Nam and During the f_irst season of the popular animated television sitcom, King of the Hill,uniF6DC the exchange above takes place among white Texans Hank Hill and Bill Dauterive, ...
Chapter 9. "A Tennessean in an Unlikely Package"
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...“My name is Henry Cho. I am full-blooded Korean. I was born and “I’m an Asian with a Southern accent. To a lot of people, that right I f_irst heard Henry Cho over ten years ago at a Seattle comedy club. When Cho, who is Korean American, started his set, I was doubly struck by the sound of his voice—f_irst because of his thick southern accent, and second because of ...
Chapter 10. "Like We Lost Our Citizenship"
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In a convocation speech given at Tulane University on April 23, 1nine.oldstyle75, President Gerald Ford tied the history of New Orleans to the history of Vietnam, pointing toward a postwar future in which the Crescent City could serve as “the beacon light of the past” and “illuminate a boundless future for all Americans and a peace for all mankind.” Just as America’s 1eight.oldstyle15 victory at the Battle of New Or-...
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Other Works in the Series, Production Notes
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Page Count: 352
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: The Asian American Experience