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A Companion to Asian American Studies. Blackwell Companions in Cultural Studies

  • ID: 2250256
  • Book
  • October 2004
  • Region: United States, Asia Pacific
  • 396 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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A Companion to Asian American Studies provides a snapshot of early debates within the field, as well as more contemporary essays that have helped transform the field’s intellectual terrain. Ranging from essays on class and sexuality to those focusing on literature, transnationality, and identity, this volume exemplifies the changing intellectual shape of Asian American Studies from its early periods to a more contemporary one.

The anthology comprises 20 previously published essays that have played an important historical role in the conceptualization of Asian American studies as a field. Divided into sections covering psychology, history, literature, feminism, and more current work in the field, this volume is a summation of an important and increasingly vibrant field of study. It can be used in conjunction with Asian American Studies After Critical Mass, also edited by Kent A. Ono.

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Preface viii

Acknowledgments x

Retracing an Intellectual Course in Asian American Studies 1
Kent A. Ono

Part I Defining Conversations in Asian American Studies


1 Chinese–American Personality and Mental Health 17
Stanley Sue and Derald W. Sue

2 The Ghetto of the Mind: Notes on the Historical Psychology of Chinese America 35
Ben R. Tong

3 Chinese–American Personality and Mental Health: A Reply to Tong’s Criticisms 73
Stanley Sue and Derald W. Sue


4 A Critique of Strangers from a Different Shore 83
L. Ling–chi Wang

5 Strangers from a Different Shore as History and Historiography 91
Sucheng Chan

6 A Critique of Strangers from a Different Shore 108
Elaine H. Kim

7 A Response to Ling–chi Wang, Elaine Kim, and Sucheng Chan 117
Ronald Takaki

Literature and Feminism

8 Come All Ye Asian American Writers of the Real and the Fake (excerpt) 133
Frank Chin

9 The Woman Warrior versus The Chinaman Pacific: Must a Chinese American Critic Choose between
Feminism and Heroism? 157
King–Kok Cheung

Part II Influential Essays in Asian American Studies

10 Split Household, Small Producer and Dual Wage Earner: An Analysis of Chinese–American Family Strategies 177
Evelyn Nakano Glenn

11 Defining Asian American Realities through Literature 196
Elaine H. Kim

12 Asian Americans as the Model Minority: An Analysis of the Popular Press Image in the 1960s and 1980s 215
Keith Osajima

13 Mestiza Girlhood: Interracial Families in Chicago’s Filipino American Community since 1925 226
Barbara M. Posadas

14 Looking for My Penis: The Eroticized Asian in Gay Video Porn 235
Richard Fung

15 Heterogeneity, Hybridity, Multiplicity: Marking Asian American Differences 254
Lisa Lowe

16 Beyond Identity Politics: The Predicament of the Asian American Writer in Late Capitalism 276
E. San Juan, Jr.

17 Filipinos in the United States and Their Literature of Exile 296
Oscar V. Campomanes

18 Los Angeles, Asians, and Perverse Ventriloquisms: On the Functions of Asian America in the Recent American Imaginary 319
David Palumbo–Liu

19 Colonial Oppression, Labour Importation, and Group Formation: Filipinos in the United States 332
Yen Le Espiritu

20 Out Here and Over There: Queerness and Diaspora in Asian American Studies 350
David L. Eng

Index 370

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Kent A. Ono
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