Margins and Mainstreams
Asians in American History and Culture
Paperback ISBN: 0295993561
In this groundbreaking book in ethnic studies, American studies, and U.S. history, Gary Okihiro explores the significance of Asian American experiences from the perspectives of historical consciousness, race, gender, class, and culture. While exploring anew the meanings of Asian American social history, Okihiro argues that the core values and ideals of the nation emanate today not from the so-called mainstream but from the margins, from among Asian and African Americans, Latinos and American Indians, women, and the gay and lesbian community. Those groups in their struggles for equality, have helped to preserve and advance the founders' ideals and have made America a more democratic place for all. Gary Y. Okihiro is professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University. "A concise, highly readable, and state-of-the-art reflection on Asian American history by one of its leading scholars." - Western Historical Quarterly "A convenient summary that deftly synthesizes recent scholarship exploring the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and culture among Asian Americans in the U.S. This stimulating and sophisticated treatment, written by a mature scholar, is well worth reading." - Choice
Midnight in Broad Daylight
A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds
Hardcover ISBN: 0062351931
Describes the true story of three Japanese American brothers, two of whom move to their mother's ancestral home in Hiroshima after their father's death, and find themselves on opposite sides of the world and the war as Pearl Harbor unfolds. 50,000 first printing.
Decolonizing Speculation in Financial Times
Paperback ISBN: 0822363798
In Migrant Futures Aimee Bahng traces the cultural production of futurity by juxtaposing the practices of speculative finance against those of speculative fiction. While financial speculation creates a future based on predicting and mitigating risk for wealthy elites, the wide range of speculative novels, comics, films, and narratives Bahng examines imagine alternative futures that envision the multiple possibilities that exist beyond capital’s reach. Whether presenting new spatial futures of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands or inventing forms of kinship in Singapore in order to survive in an economy designed for the few, the varied texts Bahng analyze illuminate how the futurity of speculative finance is experienced by those who find themselves mired in it. At the same time these displaced, undocumented, unbanked, and disavowed characters imagine alternative visions of the future that offer ways to bring forth new political economies, social structures, and subjectivities that exceed the framework of capitalism.
Paperback ISBN: 1939650305
"Eloquently written essays about aspects of Asian American life comprise this collection that looks at how Asian-Americans view themselves in light of America's insensitivities, stereotypes, and expectations. My Chinese-America speaks on masculinity, identity, and topics ranging from Jeremy Lin and immigration to profiling and Asian silences. This essays have an intimacy that transcends cultural boundaries, and casts light on a vital part of American culture that surrounds and influences all of us"--
My Life With Things
The Consumer Diaries
Paperback ISBN: 0822361361
My Life with Things is Elizabeth Chin's meditation on her relationship with consumer goods and a critical statement on the politics and method of anthropology in which she uses everyday items to intimately examine the ways consumption resonates with personal and social meaning.
The Nature of California
Race, Citizenship, and Farming Since the Dust Bowl
Paperback ISBN: 029599567x
The California farmlands have long served as a popular symbol of America’s natural abundance and endless opportunity. Yet, from John Steinbeck’sThe Grapes of Wrath and Carlos Bulosan’s America Is in the Heart to Helena Maria Viramontes’sUnder the Feet of Jesus, many novels, plays, movies, and songs have dramatized the brutality and hardships of working in the California fields. Little scholarship has focused on what these cultural productions tell us about who belongs in America, and in what ways they are allowed to belong. In The Nature of California, Sarah Wald analyzes this legacy and its consequences by examining the paradoxical representations of California farmers and farmworkers from the Dust Bowl migration to present-day movements for food justice and immigrant rights. Analyzing fiction, nonfiction, news coverage, activist literature, memoirs, and more, Wald gives us a new way of thinking through questions of national belonging by probing the relationships among race, labor, and landownership. Bringing together ecocriticism and critical race theory, she pays special attention to marginalized groups, examining how Japanese American journalists, Filipino workers, United Farm Workers members, and contemporary immigrants-rights activists, among others, pushed back against the standard narratives of landownership and citizenship. The result is a superbly crafted book that transforms our understanding of some American classics and introduces readers to lesser-known but equally important works—all in an effort to broaden our understanding of citizenship, immigration, and environmental justice.
South Asians in the US
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 080475280x
This book argues that South Asians in the United States must be understood as a people who constantly move between two or more cultures, places, languages, and societies, thanks to technology, travel, and globalization.
The U.S.A. in the People's Daily
Paperback ISBN: 0691000700
This book is a newspaper reader for the American student who has completed one and a half to two years of modern Chinese. The fourteen selections included in the reader show how the U.S. was depicted in commentaries and essays in The People's Daily from 1990 through 1991. Covering the education crisis, social injustice, human rights violations, and racial discrimination, the articles are generally critical of, and even hostile to, American society as a whole: their controversial nature will elicit student interest and classroom participation.Each selection is presented in both traditional and simplified characters, with a copy of the actual newspaper article and a cartoon included: each is also accompanied by a vocabulary glossary, sentence patterns annotated in English, and suggested discussion topics. In addition to the fourteen glossed selections, eight unglossed essays are included for use as supplementary reading materials.Audio and video materials are available for use with this text. For further information, contact the Chinese Linguistics Project, 231 Palmer Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. 08544. (609-258-4269).
Nikkei Farmer on the Nebraska Plains
Hardcover ISBN: 0896726282
"The memoir of Japanese-born Hisanori Kano, who immigrated to the United States in 1916 to learn and apply American agricultural practices on the Nebraska Plains. Ordained as an Episcopal minister and interned during WWII, Kano's memoir reveals how he adapted to a changing American culture and landscape"--Provided by publisher.