By Eleanor Rose Ty, Donald C. Goellnicht
The 9 essays in Asian North American Identities discover how Asian North american citizens aren't any longer stuck among worlds of the outdated and the recent, the east and the west, and the south and the north. relocating past nationwide and diasporic types of ethnic id to target the person emotions and reviews of those people who are now not a part of a dominant white majority, the essays gathered right here draw from a variety of resources, together with novels, artwork, images, poetry, cinema, theatre, and pop culture. The e-book illustrates how Asian North american citizens are constructing new methods of seeing and wondering themselves by way of eluding imposed identities and developing areas that supply replacement websites from which to talk and think. participants are Jeanne Yu-Mei Chiu, Patricia Chu, Rocio G. Davis, Donald C. Goellnicht, Karlyn Koh, Josephine Lee, Leilani Nishime, Caroline Rody, Jeffrey J. Santa Ana, Malini Johar Schueller, and Eleanor Ty.
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Working undercover as a member in the organization’s media team, Henry cynically observes the postmodern marketing of election politics. The team’s commodi¤cation of Kwang’s image has the ironic effect of downplaying his serious political objectives: “They passed out ®yers, pamphlets—A Message from City Councilman John Kwang—buttons, ballpoint pens, keychains, lapel pins, every last piece of it stamped with his perfectly angled script, simply signed, John” (77). Henry travels with the team throughout the city’s boroughs, helping to set up the locales of Kwang’s campaign speeches.
His intentions for such assimilation are implied in his marriage to a white woman, Leila. She and her family “would help me make my way in the land” (53), he explains; and the birth of his biracial son further signals his desire for a whiteness that would erase the material history of his immigrant heritage. Despite the ¤rm’s requirement of abjecting its immigrant targets, Henry cannot help but empathize with the Asian men he’s assigned to investigate, especially those men who remind Henry of his own father.
The ¤rm’s employees are of various ethnic and racial backgrounds, comprising a company that privileges multiculturalism for the exploitation and eventual ruin of the immigrants it targets: “We casually spoke of ourselves as business people,” Henry explains. Domestic travelers. We went wherever there was a need. The urgency of that need, like much of everything else, was determined by some calculus of power and money. Political force, the ®uid motion of capital. . These basics drove our livelihood.
Asian North American Identities: Beyond the Hyphen by Eleanor Rose Ty, Donald C. Goellnicht