Journal of Asian American Studies

Journal of Asian American Studies
Volume 7, Number 1, February 2004

CONTENTS

Articles

    Kwon, Soo Ah.
  • Autoexoticizing: Asian American Youth and the Import Car Scene
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    Subject Headings:
    • Asian Americans -- California, Southern -- Ethnic identity.
    • Asian American youth -- California, Southern -- Psychology.
    • Automobiles, Foreign -- Social aspects -- California, Southern.
    • Subculture -- California, Southern.
    Abstract:
      Drawing on ethnographic research of an import car crew, this article examines the origins of the import scene as an Asian American phenomenon. Young Asian American males and females use the unique youth car subculture, the "import scene," as a cultural space in which to articulate what it means to be an Asian American youth today that is in opposition to the model minority. Through the autoexoticization of the scene, Asian American youth affirm a sense of pan-Asian ethnic identity and it offers a reworking of Asian American males masculinities. It suggests youth subcultures as racialized and gendered terrain.
    Werrlein, Debra T.
  • Legacies of the "Innocent" Frontier: Failed Memory and the Infantilized Filipina Expatriate in Jessica Hagedornís Dogeaters
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hagedorn, Jessica Tarahata, 1949- Dogeaters.
    • Philippines -- In literature.
    Abstract:
      This article focuses on the ways that Jessica Hagedorn uses the trope of childhood innocence to appropriate President William McKinley's infantilizing rhetoric of colonialism. Through her expatriate narrator's nostalgia for an innocent Philippines populated by childlike characters, Hagedorn cedes authentic history to the corrosive powers of assimilationism and consumerism. Along with the possibilities for a knowable history, however, Dogeaters also forsakes the comforts innocent "memories." The novel ends by accepting multiple stories of history's loss instead.
    Yang, Philip Q.
  • Generational Differences in Educational Attainment among Asian Americans
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    Subject Headings:
    • Academic achievement -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
    • Asian Americans -- Education -- History -- 20th century.
    Abstract:
      Past research has focused on generational differences in school performance among Asian American students. Do generational differences in educational attainment crystallize in adulthood among Asian Americans? Is there any gender difference in the trajectory of educational attainment across generations? This paper addresses these two questions using the cumulative file of the 1994-1999 Current Population Surveys. The multivariate results reveal complex trajectories. For adult Asians as a whole, holding relevant factors constant, the level of educational attainment increases from the first generation to the second generation but declines in the third generation. Moreover, there is a sharp gender difference in trajectory. For Asian women, the same nonlinear pattern as observed in the total sample emerges. For Asian men, the level of educational attainment decreases over generations. These results lend support to the immigrant aspiration hypothesis and the receptive environment hypothesis but challenges the classic assimilation theory. Changes in relative gender equality in status and education opportunity between home and host countries may help explain the gender differences in the path of educational mobility across generations. The result also points to the importance of gender in the study of educational attainment across generations.

Reviews

    Burns, Lucy Mae San Pablo, 1971-
  • National Abjection: The Asian American Body on Stage (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Shimakawa, Karen, 1964- National abjection: the Asian American body on stage.
    • Asian Americans -- Ethnic identity.
    Cassel, Susie Lan, 1966-
  • The Sum of Our Parts: Mixed Heritage Asian Americans (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Williams-León, Teresa, 1963-, ed. Sum of our parts: mixed heritage Asian Americans.
    • Nakashima, Cynthia L., 1966-, ed.
    • Asian Americans -- Race identity.
    Simpson, Caroline Chung, 1963-
  • A Date Which Will Live: Pearl Harbor in American Memory (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Rosenberg, Emily S., 1944- Date which will live: Pearl Harbor in American memory.
    • Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941.
    Visweswaran, Kamala.
  • Becoming American, Becoming Indian: An Immigrant Community in New York City (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Khandelwal, Madhulika S. (Madhulika Shankar), 1957- Becoming American, becoming Indian: an immigrant community in New York City.
    • East Indian Americans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Ethnic identity.

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