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Asian studies

About: Asian studies is a(n) research topic. Over the lifetime, 7851 publication(s) have been published within this topic receiving 72906 citation(s). The topic is also known as: Asia studies & Oriental studies.
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01 Jan 1996-
Abstract: In "Immigrant Acts", Lisa Lowe argues that understanding Asian immigration to the United States is fundamental to understanding the racialised economic and political foundations of the nation. Lowe discusses the contradictions whereby Asians have been included in the workplaces and markets of the U.S. nation-state, yet, through exclusion laws and bars from citizenship, have been distanced from the terrain of national culture. Lowe argues that a national memory haunts the conception of Asian American, persisting beyond the repeal of individual laws and sustained by U.S. wars in Asia, in which the Asian is seen as the perpetual immigrant, as the 'foreigner-within'. In "Immigrant Acts", she argues that rather than attesting to the absorption of cultural difference into the universality of the national political sphere, the Asian immigrant - at odds with the cultural, racial, and linguistic forms of the nation - displaces the temporality of assimilation. Distance from the American national culture constitutes Asian American culture as an alternative site that produces cultural forms materially and aesthetically in contradiction with the institutions of citizenship and national identity. Rather than a sign of a 'failed' integration of Asians into the American cultural sphere, this critique preserves and opens up different possibilities for political practice and coalition across racial and national borders. In this uniquely interdisciplinary study, Lowe examines the historical, political, cultural, and aesthetic meanings of immigration in relation to Asian Americans. Extending the range of Asian American critique, "Immigrant Acts" will interest readers concerned with race and ethnicity in the United States, American cultures, immigration, and trans-nationalism.

1,209 citations

Dorinne K. Kondo1Institutions (1)
01 Jan 1990-
Abstract: "The ethnography of Japan is currently being reshaped by a new generation of Japanologists, and the present work certainly deserves a place in this body of literature. . . . The combination of utility with beauty makes Kondo's book required reading, for those with an interest not only in Japan but also in reflexive anthropology, women's studies, field methods, the anthropology of work, social psychology, Asian Americans, and even modern literature."--Paul H. Noguchi, "American Anthropologist" "Kondo's work is significant because she goes beyond disharmony, insisting on complexity. Kondo shows that inequalities are not simply oppressive-they are meaningful ways to establish identities."--Nancy Rosenberger, "Journal of Asian Studies"

1,195 citations

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Abstract: I owe a great deal to Professor Moses Abramovitz who suggested that I write this article. I appreciate his constant encouragement and guidance which aided me throughout its preparation. I am also indebted to three anonymous referees of the Journal and to Professors Ryutaro Komiya and Michael Riordan for their critical comments and helpful suggestions. Needless to say, I am solely responsible for the views expressed in this paper.

1,070 citations

25 Mar 1987-
Abstract: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE NEW ASIAN INDUSTRIAL ISM. Edited by Frederic C. Deyo. Ithaca (N.Y.): Cornell University Press, 1987, 252 pp. $29.95 (paper, $12.95). The authors of this volume feel the need of a theoretical explanation for the remarkable economic performance of the newly industrializing coun tries of East Asia. They emerge from their inquiries?or at least the editor does?with the view that governments acquire a "strategic capability" to carry out effective development policies through a combination of domestic authoritarianism, good favorable links with the external world and efficient economic institutions. He hedges on Hong Kong.

636 citations

01 Jan 1998-
Abstract: "Tuan's book is a major contribution to Asian American studies because she lets her respondents speak...Her thesis is clear: that no matter where Asian Americans go they cannot hide from their race and ethnicity. In addition, Tuan provides a picture to how a pan-ethnic Asian American cultural experience emerges not from a common cultural tradition, but through a common experience of racialization. Tuan's book is essential reading for those that conduct research and teach on the experiences of American born Asians."-Journal of Asian American Studies "Forever Foreigners or Honorary Whites? informs the reader of the racialized ethnic experiences as felt and lived by third-plus-generation Chinese and Japanese Americans and California. To question the plethora of 'ethnic options' for Asian Americans, Tuan opens the book with one of the most alarming examples-the Ito D'Amato incident-that blatantly denigrates Americans of Asian descent as 'foreigners.'...the analytical contrast between modernizers and traditionalists provides a consistent integrating theme that enhances the book's usefulness in advanced undergraduate or graduate courses." -Social Forces "Mia Tuan investigates the role of ethnicity in the lives of later-generation Asian Americans. As the title suggests, the study engages the debate over the applicability of the white ethnic assimilation paradigm in addressing the experiences of racialized ethnic minorities. Tuan concludes that Asian Americans can choose the cultural practices and values they wish to maintain in their private lives but cannot escape identification in ethnic and racial terms when in public...Tuan's study allows later-generation Asian Americans to convey their experiences. Their stories and opinions provide an understanding of the changes occurring in one segment of contemporary Asian America."-Journal of American Ethnic History "A compelling account of the ongoing acculturation of West Coast Asian Americans and their continuing experience of racism. Mia Tuan uses her sociological skills to paint a disturbing portrait of the hidden and not-so-hidden injuries of race suffered by Californians who have been here form many generations, as well as an early warning of what the future might hold for some of our newest immigrants." -Herbert Gans, Roberts S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University "This well-written book advances our understanding of the changing and situational construction of American and ethnic identities by exploring the ways in which multigenerational Asian Americans constitute, express, and transform their identities." -Yen Le Espiritu, author of Asian American Women and Men: Labor, Laws, and Love What does it mean to be an Asian American in the United States today? Are Asian Americans considered "honorary whites" or forever thought of as "foreigners?" Mia Tuan examines the salience and meaning of ethnicity for later generation Chinese and Japanese Americans, and asks how their concepts of ethnicity differ from that of white ethnic Americans. She interviewed 95 middle-class Chinese and Japanese Californians and analyzes the importance of ethnic identities and the concept of becoming a "real" American for both Asian and white ethnics. She asks her subjects about their . early memories and experiences with Chinese/Japanese culture; . current lifestyle and emerging cultural practices; . experiences with racism and discrimination; and their . attitudes toward current Asian immigration. Mia Tuan is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Oregon.

520 citations

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