Journal of Asian American Studies

Journal of Asian American Studies
Volume 6, Number 2, June 2003

CONTENTS

Articles

    Dhingra, Pawan H.
  • Being American Between Black and White: Second-Generation Asian American Professionals' Racial Identities
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    Subject Headings:
    • Asian Americans -- Race identity.
    • Asian American professional employees -- Social conditions.
    • United States -- Race relations.
    Abstract:
      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.
    Ho, Pensri.
  • Performing the "Oriental": Professionals and the Asian Model Minority Myth
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    Subject Headings:
    • Asian American professional employees -- Psychology.
    • Group identity -- United States.
    • Achievement motivation -- United States.
    Abstract:
      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.
    Seshagiri, Urmila.
  • At the Crossroads of Two Empires: Mira Nair's Mississippi Masala and the Limits of Hybridity
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    Subject Headings:
    • Nair, Mira, dir. Mississippi masala [film]
    • Miscegenation in motion pictures.
    • Racism in motion pictures.
    • Love in motion pictures.
    Abstract:
      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.

Review Essay

    Wilson, Rob, 1947-
  • Reframing Displacements in the U.S. Pacific and Asia/Pacific Field-Imaginary
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    Subject Headings:
    • 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.
    Eng, David L., 1967-
  • Cultural Studies Book Prize Awardee
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    Subject Headings:
    • Manalansan, Martin F., 1960-, ed. Cultural compass: ethnographic explorations of Asian America.
    • Asian Americans -- Ethnic identity.
    Feng, Peter X., 1966-
  • Cultural Studies Book Prize Awardee
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lee, Anthony W., 1960- Picturing Chinatown: art and orientalism in San Francisco.
    • Chinatown (San Francisco, Calif.) -- In art.
    Wu, Judy Tzu-Chun.
  • History Book Prize Awardee
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    Subject Headings:
    • Shah, Nayan, 1966- Contagious divides: epidemics and race in San Francisco's Chinatown.
    • Chinese Americans -- Health and hygiene -- California -- (Chinatown) San Francisco -- History.
    Rodríguez, Dylan.
  • Social Science Book Prize Awardee
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    Subject Headings:
    • Munasinghe, Viranjini. Callaloo or tossed salad? East Indians and the cultural politics of identity in Trinidad.
    • East Indians -- Trinidad and Tobago -- Ethnic identity.

Reviews

    Dusselier, Jane.
    Kim, Seung-Kyung, 1954-
  • Compositional Subjects: Enfiguring Asian/American Women (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kang, Hyun Yi, 1967- Compositional subjects: enfiguring Asian/American women.
    • Asian American women -- Social conditions.
    Kim, Dae Young.
  • Asian American Politics: Law, Participation, and Policy (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Nakanishi, Don T., ed. Asian American politics: law, participation, and policy.
    • Lai, James S. (James Siu-Fong), 1968-, ed.
    • Asian Americans -- Politics and government.
    Kuo, Karen.
  • Bold Words: A Century of Asian American Writing (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Srikanth, Rajini, ed. Bold words: a century of Asian American writing.
    • Iwanaga, Esther Yae, 1945-, ed.
    • American literature -- Asian American authors.

Contributors

Call for Essays:
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