Asian Americans -- Southern States -- Ethnic identity -- History -- 20th century.
Human skin color -- Social aspects -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century.
Southern States -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
This article analyzes the implications of the James Loewen's thesis that Chinese Americans in Mississippi elevated their caste status under Jim Crow from "colored" to "near white." Analyzing academic, popular cultural, and visual depictions of the Chinese and other Asian Americans in the segregated South, the article uncovers the jarring moments that attend the claim of status rise—here, of Asian "near-whiteness." More specifically, it argues that there is always an excess to the Asian community's "successful" disassociation from African Americans and its own "partly colored" past. The work develops a concept of racial interstitiality as a model for comparative Ethnic Studies and for reconsidering the black-white binary that frames American race relations.
American literature -- Chinese American authors -- History and criticism.
Footbinding in literature.
Feminism in literature.
Footbinding and First-World Feminism in Chinese American Literature
This article traces the trope of footbinding in Chinese American literature and argues that it primarily appears framed within a first-world feminist perspective that largely condemns it as oppressive, exotic, patriarchal, and/or sexualized. While not condoning this cruel and inhumane practice, this article suggests that a first-world critique of footbinding does an injustice to Chinese women by making them appear to be homogenous and monolithic objects who, through powerlessness and oppression, perpetrated this custom on themselves for a thousand years. The author calls for an activist Asian American literature that gives a better understanding of why reasonable women would have capitulated to such maiming, one that thoroughly illustrates the complex relations of dignity and power symbolized by such a practice. Interdisciplinary cultural studies approach used, including literary criticism, post-colonial theory, psychoanalysis, and historical analysis.
Asian Americans -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Asian Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century.
Educational equalization -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Higher education and state -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Based on interviews with 30 Asian Americans, this article examines the process by which respondents developed a pan-Asian American critical consciousness and commitment to social action. Key factors that contribute to the development of a critical consciousness include: exposure to "meaningful" information which helps respondents situate their lives in larger social contexts; the presence of social support to help break isolation and encourage the exploration of new ideas; and involvement in organizations and political action. The article's goal is to assist activists and educators who seek to "replenish the ranks" by bringing new generations into the Asian American movement.
Schlund-Vials, Cathy J., 1974-
Asian American Literary Studies, and: Literary Gestures: The Aesthetic in Asian American Writing, and: Transnational Asian American Literature: Sites and Transits (review) [Access article in HTML][Access article in PDF] Subject Headings:
Huang, Guiyou, 1961-, ed. Asian American literary studies.
Davis, Rocío G., ed. Literary gestures: the aesthetic in Asian American writing.
Lee, Sue-Im, 1969-, ed.
Lim, Shirley, ed. Transnational Asian American literature: sites and transits.
American literature -- Asian American authors -- History and criticism.