Combined Academic Publishers

Across the Pacific

9781566398244: Paperback
Release Date: 3rd August 2000

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 232

Series Asia Society

Temple University Press

Across the Pacific

Asian Americans and Globalization

Across the Pacific explores in descriptive and critical ways how transnational relationships and interactions in Asian American communities are manifested, exemplified, and articulated within the international context of the Pacific Rim. In eight ground-breaking essays, contributors address new meanings and practices of Asian Americans in the global transformation of the post-Civil Rights, post-Cold War, postmodern and postcolonial era. Asian Americans have always been a trans-Pacific community -- and are now more than ever. Since the changes in immigration laws in 1965, after decades of exclusion from the United States, Asians are once more immigrating to the U.S. Entering the U.S. upon the culmination of the Civil Rights movement, Asians becoming Asian Americans have joined a self-consciously multicultural society. Asian economies have roared onto the world stage, creating new markets while circulating capital and labor at an unprecedented scale and intensity, thereby helping drive the forces of modern globalization. Considering issues of diaspora, transmigrancy, assimilation, institutionalized racism, and community, Across the Pacific offers essays on such topics as the impact of the new migrations on Asian American subjectivity and politics, the role of Asian Americans in Pacific rim economies, and cultural expressions of dislocation among contemporary Asian American writers. It asks: If Asian Americans are to assume the role of bridge builders across the Pacific, what are the opportunities, the risks, the promises, the perils?
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Across the Pacific explores in descriptive and critical ways how transnational relationships and interactions in Asian American communities are manifested, exemplified, and articulated within the international context of the Pacific Rim. In eight ground-breaking essays, contributors address new meanings and practices of Asian Americans in the global transformation of the post-Civil Rights, post-Cold War, postmodern and postcolonial era. Asian Americans have always been a trans-Pacific community -- and are now more than ever. Since the changes in immigration laws in 1965, after decades of exclusion from the United States, Asians are once more immigrating to the U.S. Entering the U.S. upon the culmination of the Civil Rights movement, Asians becoming Asian Americans have joined a self-consciously multicultural society. Asian economies have roared onto the world stage, creating new markets while circulating capital and labor at an unprecedented scale and intensity, thereby helping drive the forces of modern globalization. Considering issues of diaspora, transmigrancy, assimilation, institutionalized racism, and community, Across the Pacific offers essays on such topics as the impact of the new migrations on Asian American subjectivity and politics, the role of Asian Americans in Pacific rim economies, and cultural expressions of dislocation among contemporary Asian American writers. It asks: If Asian Americans are to assume the role of bridge builders across the Pacific, what are the opportunities, the risks, the promises, the perils?

CONTENTS

Foreword: Vishakha N. Desai

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1
    Introduction: Asian American Formations in the Age of Globalization
                      Evelyn Hu-DeHart

Chapter 2   
Asians on the Rim: Transnational Capital and Local Community in the Making of Contemporary
                      Asian America
                      Arif Dirlik

Chapter 3   
Chinese Americans in the Formation of the Pacific Regional Economy
                      Lucie Cheng

Chapter 4    Asian American Economic Engagement: Vietnam Case Study
                      Le Anh Tu Packard

Chapter 5   
Asian American Activism in Foreign Policy
                      Paul Y. Watanabe

Chapter 6   
Exclusion and Inclusion: Immigration and American Orientalism
                      Neil Gotanda

Chapter 7   
Asian Americans at the Intersection of International and Domestic Tensions: An Analysis
                      of Newspaper Coverage
                      Setsuko Matsunaga Nishi

Chapter 8   
Inventing the Earth: The Notion of "Home" in Asian American Literature
                      Luis H. Francia

About the Contributors

Evelyn Hu-DeHart is Professor and Chair of Ethnic Studies and Director of the Center for  Studies of Ethnicity and Race in America at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

CONTRIBUTORS: Lucie Cheng, Luis Francia, Neil Gotanda, Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Setsuko Matsunaga Nishi, Le Anh Tu Packard, and Paul Watanabe