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Asian American Studies After Critical Mass

Kent A. Ono (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-1596-4
224 pages
December 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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Asian American Studies After Critical Massis a dynamic collection that showcases the most exciting scholarship in the field from a critical and cultural studies perspective. Comprised of ten original essays written by a group of scholars at the vanguard of the discipline, this collection takes on a range of topics and concerns, including Asian American film and popular culture; Asian Americans at the dawn of the twenty-first century; globalization and transnational citizenship; and queer Asian America. Addressing some of the most exciting issues and ideas in Asian American studies, this book strikes a bold new path for the field.

This book can be used in conjunction with the Blackwell Companion to Asian American Studies.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.


Asian American Studies in Its Second Phase: Kent A. Ono (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).

PART I: Representations.

1 What is the Political? American Culture and the Example of Viet Nam: Viet Nguyen (University of Southern California).

2 Ethnography, the Cinematic Apparatus, and Asian American Film Studies: Peter Feng (University of Delaware).

3 Culinary Fictions: Immigrant Foodways and Race in Indian American Literature: Anita Mannur (Wesleyan University).

PART II: Identities.

4 Foregrounding Native Nationalisms: A Critique of Anti-Nationalist Sentiment in Asian American Studies: Candace Fujikane (University of Hawaii).

5 A World Make-Over? An Asian American Queer Critique: Martin Manalansan IV (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).

6 Asian American Studies Through (Somewhat) Asian Eyes: Integrating “Mixed Race” into the Asian American Discourse: Cynthia Nakashima (University of California at Berkeley).

PART III: Disciplines and Methodologies.

7 Asian American Studies and the “Pacific Question”: J. Kehaulani Kauanui (Wesleyan University).

8 Planet Youth: Asian American Youth Cultures, Citizenship, and Globalization: Sunaina Maira (University of California, Davis).

9 The Problematics of History and Location of Filipino American Studies within Asian American Studies: Helen Toribio (San Francisco State University).

10 Rethinking Asian American Victimhood: Understanding the Complexity of Race and Citizenship in America: Taro Iwata (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).


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Author Information

Kent A. Ono is Professor of Asian American Studies and Communications, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he is also Director of the Asian American Studies Program. He is co-author of Shifting Borders (with John Sloop, 2002) and co-editor of Enterprise Zones (1996).
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The Wiley Advantage

  • Contains ten original essays pointing to new directions in Asian American Studies
  • Contributors are drawn from an expert group of international scholars
  • Includes coverage of film, popular culture, globalization, citizenship, and queer studies
  • Features a useful introduction by the editor reviewing the origins of the subject, and outlines future possibilities for the field
  • Can be used alongside A Companion to Asian American Studies, edited by Kent A. Ono, for a complete reference to Asian American Studies.
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“A stimulating set of essays from a new generation of Asian American Studies scholars. The collection opens new questions for the field and suggests important theoretical possibilities.” David Palumbo-Liu, Stanford University
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