An Asian Americanist Critique of U.S. and Chinese Multiculturalisms
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: The Ohio State University Press
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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 of ethnic minority people, foreign correspondent Howard French suggested in a special column in the New York Times that the Chinese government take note of the Kerner Commission...
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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 still a confused undergraduate. My most important mentors from that period of my life, Chu Xiaoquan of Fudan University and...
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PLURALIST UNIVERSALISM provides a comparison of U.S. liberal multiculturalism and China’s policy toward minority nationalities that does not ascribe a fundamental otherness to either side. It argues that U.S. liberal multiculturalism and China’s policy toward minority...
1. Bridging the Chasm: A Survey of U.S. and Chinese Multiculturalisms
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THE FIRST PART of this chapter offers a survey of the histories of U.S. liberal multiculturalism and China’s official ethnic 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,...
2. How Not to Be an Empire: On Conciliatory Multiculturalism
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AN 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 translation of Chinese author Jiang Rong’s novel Lang Tuteng. As of now, the translation rights for the book have been...
3. Toward a Comparative Critique: Metaphor and Dissenting Nationalism in Alex Kuo
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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...
4. A New Politics of Faith: Zhang Chengzhi’s Xinling Shi and Rabih Alameddine’s Koolaids: The Art of War
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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 following the collapse of the Soviet Union....
5. Impersonal Intimacy: Yan Geling’s Fusang and Its English Translation
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MY DISCUSSIONS of Kuo, Zhang, and Alameddine in previous 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...
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AS A GLOBAL PROJECT, multiculturalism’s search for workable formulas for balancing national coherence and ethnic justice is always already characterized by cross-national comparisons and borrowing. Even as they propose expansive models of multiculturalism, the authors studied in this book...
English and Chinese Bibliography
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Page Count: 280
Publication Year: 2012