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  • Past Legacies, Future Projects:Asian Migration and the Role of the University under Globalization
  • Grace Kyungwon Hong1 (bio)
Orientations: Mapping the Asian Diaspora. Ed. Kandice Chuh and Karen Shimakawa. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2001.
Across the Pacific: Asian Americans and Globalization. Ed. Hu-DeHartEvelyn. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1999.
Grace Kyungwon Hong
Princeton University
Grace Kyungwon Hong

Grace Kyungwon Hong is Assistant Professor in the Department of English and the Program in American Studies at Princeton University. She is the author of "'Something Forgotten that Should Have Been Remembered': Private Property and Cross-Racial Solidarity in the Work of Hisaye Yamamoto" (American Literature, 1999) and of book reviews on David Li's Imagining a Nation and Lisa Lowe's Critical Terrains.


1. I would like to thank Victor Bascara, Roderick Ferguson, Helen Jun, Kara Keeling, Lisa Lowe, Jodi Melamed, and Chandan Reddy for their thoughtful reading of and comments on this review. I also thank Kara Keeling for sharing the text of her conference presentation with me.

2. For an insightful analysis of the importance of knowledge production to the extension of US imperialism in the form of "development" discourse, see Escobar, who defines "development" as a discursive and material process of the First World that produces the Third World as "underdeveloped." He carefully notes that development is not only a method of exercising "economic control" but also, importantly, a discursive strategy, a mode of knowledge production. See also Rafael, who specifically delineates the ways in which area studies of Asia produced knowledge for US imperialist and neocolonial interests during the Cold War and during US wars in Asia in the twentieth century. For discussions of American Studies as a field, see the Summer 1992 issue of American Studies (volume 40, number 2), entitled "American Studies: A Critical Retrospective." In this volume, for example, Holzman examines the extent to which Yale University's American Studies program was implicated in knowledge production for US intelligence-gathering interests (such as the CIA) during the Cold War.

Works Cited

Chuh, Kandice, and Karen Shimakawa, eds. Orientations: Mapping the Asian Diaspora. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2001.
Escobar, Arturo. "Imagining a Post-Development Era? Critical Thought, Development, and Social Movements." Social Text 31-32 (1992): 20-56.
Holzman, Michael. "The Ideological Origins of American Studies at Yale." American Studies 40.2 (1999): 71-95.
Hu-DeHart, Evelyn, ed. Across the Pacific: Asian Americans and Globalization. Philadelphia: Temple UP, 1999.
Keeling, Kara. "'Let's Eat Pomegranates': Eve's Bayou, the Black Femme, and the Limits of Visibility." American Studies Association Annual Meeting Washington, DC. 9 Nov. 2001.
Mazumdar, Sucheta. "Asian American Studies and Asian Studies: Rethinking Roots." Asian Americans: Comparative and Global Perspectives. Ed. In Shirley Hune, Hyung-chan Kim, Stephen S. Fugita, and Amy Ling. Pullman: Washington State UP, 1991. 29-44.
Rafael, Vicente. "The Cultures of Area Studies in the United States." Social Text 41 (1994): 91-111.


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