An Asian Americanist Critique of U.S. and Chinese Multiculturalisms
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: The Ohio State University Press
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C O N T E N T S
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P R E F A C E
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IN THE AFTERMATH of the July 2009 Uyghur riot in Xinjiang, the far northwest province of China with a large concentration suggested in a special column in the New York Times that the Chi-dent Johnson appointed to investigate the causes for the 1967 race riot in Detroit. Instead of clinging to the “fiction that areas where ethnic minorities have predominateduni00A0.uni00A0.uni00A0.uni00A0are ‘autonomous regions,’” ...
A C K N O W L E D G M E N T S
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MOST OF THIS BOOK was written at Columbia University, but the seeds for it were sown many years ago, when I was Donna Richardson of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, introduced me to the life of the truly exceptional mind and the possibilities that ognition. At its heart, this book addresses the central questions intimated, though not well formulated, in that earlier work. My dis-...
I N T R O D U C T I O N
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P LURALIST UNIVERSALISM provides a comparison of U.S. liberal multiculturalism and China’s policy toward minor-ity nationalities that does not ascribe a fundamental otherness to either side. It argues that U.S. liberal multiculturalism and responds to different local conditions. They are two different but ingly come to bear on each other, through translation (with China ...
C H A P T E R 1Bridging the Chasm
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T HE FIRST PART of this chapter offers a survey of the histo-ries of U.S. liberal multiculturalism and China’s official eth-nic policy. The survey extends back to the rise of racial minority movements in the U.S. in the 1960s and the institutionalization of the CCP’s ethnic policy in the early 1950s, though it also touches on some of the relevant history prior to these two moments. Like ...
C H A P T E R 2How Not to Be an Empire
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A N IMPORTANT GLOBAL publishing event in 2008 was the release of The Wolf Totem, in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific simultaneously, Howard Goldblatt’s English trans-lation of Chinese author Jiang Rong’s novel Lang Tuteng. As of now, the translation rights for the book have been agreed for more than 30 languages.1 A literary sensation in China when it came out ...
C H A P T E R 3Toward a Comparative Critique
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IN CHINESE OPERA, Alex Kuo’s first foray into fiction writing, a mixed-race American couple, Sonny Lin and Sissy George, visit the PRC in the days leading up to the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. In a surprising twist of the plot toward the end of the novel, Sissy George, part Native American and part black, succeeds in helping a Chinese dissident intellectual, Professor Luo, flee the country using ...
C H A P T E R 4A New Politics of Faith
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IN HIS 1993 essay “Helpless Thought,” Hui Muslim writer Zhang Chengzhi revisits his anger at the assertion of America military power during the first Gulf War, which he sees as a step toward consolidating the unipolar world order that prevailed in the decade ventriloquized the “Anglo-Saxon” tone on the war.1 In another essay, written ten years later but included in the same collection, Zhang ...
C H A P T E R 5Impersonal Intimacy
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M Y DISCUSSIONS of Kuo, Zhang, and Alameddine in pre-vious chapters argue that these authors reconstruct histories of violent conflicts between the majority state and ethno-racial and religious minorities in a way that punctures the myth of an already achieved state of national harmony that prevails in both contempo-rary America and China. These authors engage, through their nar-...
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AS A GLOBAL PROJECT, multiculturalism’s search for work- able formulas for balancing national coherence and ethnic jus-tice is always already characterized by cross-national comparisons and borrowing. Even as they propose expansive models of multicul-turalism, the authors studied in this book help bridge, consciously or unconsciously, the imagined chasm between two multiculturalist ...
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...“About NUMA.” NUMA website, http://www.numa.net/ (accessed November 2007).“A b o u t Windhorse: The Story behind the Story.” Windhorse website. http://www.windhorsemovie.com/aboutWindhorse/storyBehindTheStory.php (accessed Alameddine, Rabih. Koolaids: The Art of War. New York: Picador USA, 1998.Alcock, Susan et al., eds. Empires: Perspectives from Archaeology and History. Cam-...
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Publication Year: 2012