National characteristics, American, in literature.
This article examines the ways that R. Zamora Linmark’s Rolling the R’s (1995) explores the production of gendered, sexual, and spatial hierarchies of difference. Filipino American writing is often examined in relation to assimilation narratives. Reyes argues that reading Filipino American writing in the historical and theoretical framework of American developmentalism reveals the ways that Filipino American subject formation navigates the local and global forces of Americanization, U.S. imperialism, and transnational capitalism. Through a close reading of Linmark, Reyes shows how the tensions between these forces manifest as hierarchies of difference, which inevitably are lived through as hierarchies of power.
Ballroom dancing -- Social aspects -- United States.
Asian Americans -- Recreation.
Once regarded as a preserve of the upper class, international-style ballroom dancing has reached an unprecedented level of popularity with the success of the television series, Dancing With the Stars. All but lost in the media frenzy is the majoritarian presence of Asian Pacific ballroom dancers in the very region that produces the show. This article examines both the history of international ballroom dancing—with the imperialist anxieties accompanying that history—and the meanings of widespread Asian Pacific ballroom dance participation. Unstable to begin with, ballroom dancing's colonial race and class signifiers are renationalized by American television but more deeply unsettled by Asian Pacific dancers, who renormalize ballroom dancing as a transnational social activity. Both studios and dancers choreograph space and time, as well as tensions between different types of ballroom dancing, to create a daily performance archive of transnational interactivity.
Scholars have widely debated the meaning of Dictee including its structure, organization, purpose, and representation of the women depicted. Dictee is typically framed according to the nine Greek muses that are understood to outline each section of the text. The organization of nine sections according to the Greek muses forms an incomplete structure, however, that we as readers must recognize. Readers must not only recognize the ordering according to an epic structure, but also the ordering that draws from Korea, a focus of the text. Cha challenges her readers to search beyond their Western knowledge of Greek mythology, and to learn from the images she provides in order to read a text of Korean and Western tradition. Focusing on the mother and daughter relationship, rather than the cultural context of the story, I argue, is the key to understanding Dictee’s structure and elicits a Korean as well as a Western perspective. My analysis of Dictee, therefore, follows Cha’s metaphor of mother and daughter relations found in her theme of concentric circles, thereby emphasizing the Korean tradition of this text.
Siu, Lok C. D. Memories of a future home: diasporic citizenship of Chinese in Panama.
Chinese -- Panama -- History.
Heartbeat of Struggle: The Revolutionary Life of Yuri Kochiyama, and: Black, Brown, Yellow, and Left: Radical Activism in Los Angeles, and: Soul Power: Culture, Radicalism, and the Making of a U.S. Third World Left (review) [Access article in HTML][Access article in PDF] Subject Headings:
Fujino, Diane Carol. Heartbeat of struggle: the revolutionary life of Yuri Kochiyama.
Pulido, Laura. Black, brown, yellow, and left: radical activism in Los Angeles.
Young, Cynthia Ann, 1969- Soul power: culture, radicalism, and the making of a U.S. Third World left.
Radicalism -- California -- Los Angeles -- History -- 20th century.