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

If Asian Americans are to assume the role of bridge builders across the Pacific, what are the opportunities, the risks, the promises, and the perils? The answer to this question comes in eight groundbreaking essays in which contributors to Across the Pacific address issues of contemporary growth and diversification of Asian America in relation to the increasingly globalized economy. New meanings and practices of Asian Americans are considered in the atmosphere of global transformation that is present in the post-Civil Rights, post-Cold War, postmodern, and postcolonial era. This book 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.Members of the Asian American community have always been trans-Pacific, but are now more than ever, since the 1965 change in U.S. immigration law. Entering the U.S. at the culmination of the Civil Rights movement, Asians becoming Asian Americans have joined a self-consciously multicultural society. Asian economies 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. These essays by well-known scholars in the field of Asian American studies consider such topics as the impact of new migrations on Asian American subjectivity and politics, Asian American activism and U.S. foreign policy, and the role of Asian Americans in Pacific Rim economies. Considering issues of diaspora, transmigrancy, assimilation, institutionalized racism, and community, Across the Pacific covers such cutting-edge subjects as the cultural expressions of dislocation among contemporary Asian American writers, as well as the impact of the new migrations on Asian American subjectivity and politics.
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If Asian Americans are to assume the role of bridge builders across the Pacific, what are the opportunities, the risks, the promises, and the perils? The answer to this question comes in eight groundbreaking essays in which contributors to Across the Pacific address issues of contemporary growth and diversification of Asian America in relation to the increasingly globalized economy. New meanings and practices of Asian Americans are considered in the atmosphere of global transformation that is present in the post-Civil Rights, post-Cold War, postmodern, and postcolonial era. This book 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.Members of the Asian American community have always been trans-Pacific, but are now more than ever, since the 1965 change in U.S. immigration law. Entering the U.S. at the culmination of the Civil Rights movement, Asians becoming Asian Americans have joined a self-consciously multicultural society. Asian economies 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. These essays by well-known scholars in the field of Asian American studies consider such topics as the impact of new migrations on Asian American subjectivity and politics, Asian American activism and U.S. foreign policy, and the role of Asian Americans in Pacific Rim economies. Considering issues of diaspora, transmigrancy, assimilation, institutionalized racism, and community, Across the Pacific covers such cutting-edge subjects as the cultural expressions of dislocation among contemporary Asian American writers, as well as the impact of the new migrations on Asian American subjectivity and politics.

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 and U.S. 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, an d Director of the Center for Studies of Ethnicity and Race in America at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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