Asian American professional employees -- Social conditions.
United States -- Race relations.
This article examines the racial identities of second generation Korean and
Indian Americans living in Dallas, Texas, relative to both Whites and
Blacks, in order to elucidate their racialization. Korean and Indian
Americans criticized White racism yet asserted that they were equal
"Americans" to Whites, who did not deserve to be targeted. They
accomplished this by differentiating themselves from Blacks whom they
regarded, ironically, as the true foreigners. Why only a quarter of
interviewees felt tied to Blacks is explained. Differences between the
ethnic groups also receive attention, as do the influences of class and
geography on racial identities.
Asian American professional employees -- Psychology.
Group identity -- United States.
Achievement motivation -- United States.
This article examines how young Chinese American and Korean American professionals perform the role of the Asian model minority in an attempt to navigate through the privileged realm established by successful transpacific Asian professionals of the 1980s to early 1990s. Ironically, respondents' cultural production and forced embodiment of their imagined selves as the Asian model minority facilitates their marginalization as the Asian "Other" while problematizing the Asian model minority myth.
This essay addresses Mira Nair's canonical 1992 film Mississippi Masala
and explores its troubled parentage of contemporary immigrant, diaspora,
and South Asian American cinema. While newer films about the South
Asian diaspora describe cultural integration rather than the complex
politics of exile, Mississippi Masala could not envision a future in
which cultural hybridity held a legitimate public space. The
inescapable legacy of empire produces a disjuncture between Mississippi
Masala's forward-looking politics and its ambivalent ending: the film
illuminates but fails to transcend the geographical and historical
boundaries of British colonialism and American slavery. The very
hybridity that Mira Nair celebrates through vibrant visual spectacle
finds itself bereft of a "place" on empire's geographical and political map.
Huang, Yunte. Transpacific displacement: intertextual travel in twentieth-century American literature.
Wood, Houston, 1944- Displacing natives: the rhetorical production of Hawaii.
American literature -- Chinese American authors -- History and criticism.
Hawaiians -- Historiography.
AAAS Book Awards
Starting this year, JAAS will recognize formally AAAS book award
recipients as part of its aim to circulate information about new and
noteworthy publications. The following comments were offered at the
awards ceremony at the 2003 AAAS conference held in San Francisco,
California, and/or were provided subsequent to the conference by the
particular selection committees involved. We offer hearty congratulations
to both the nominees and the awardees, and our thanks to the committees
for their contributions.