Mixed racial and ethnic identities are topics of increasing interest around the world, yet studies of mixed race in Asia are rare, despite its particular salience for Asian societies.
Mixed Race in Asia seeks to reorient the field to focus on Asia, looking specifically at mixed race in China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and India. Through these varied case studies, this collection presents an insightful exploration of race, ethnicity, mixedness and belonging, both in the past and present. The thematic range of the chapters is broad, covering the complexity of lived mixed race experiences, the structural forces of particular colonial and post-colonial environments and political regimes, and historical influences on contemporary identities and cultural expressions of mixedness.
Adding significant richness and depth to existing theoretical frameworks, this enlightening volume develops markedly different understandings of, and recognizes nuances around, what it means to be mixed, practically, theoretically, linguistically and historically. It will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as postdoctoral and other researchers interested in fields such as Race and Ethnicity, Sociology and Asian Studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Mixed Race in Asia
Zarine L. Rocha and Farida Fozdar
Section one: China and Vietnam
Chapter One: "A Class by Themselves": Battles over Eurasian Schooling in Late-19th-Century Shanghai
Emma J. Teng
Chapter Two: Mixing Blood and Race: Representing Hunxue in Contemporary China
Chapter Three: Métis of Vietnam: An Historical Perspective on Mixed-Race Children from the French Colonial Period
Section two: South Korea and Japan
Chapter Four: Developing bilingualism in a largely monolingual society: Southeast Asian marriage migrants and multicultural families in South Korea
Mi Yung Park
Chapter Five: Haafu Identity in Japan: half, mixed or double?
Alexandra Shaitan and Lisa J. McEntee-Atalianis
Chapter Six: Claiming Japaneseness: recognition, privilege and status in Japanese-Filipino ‘mixed’ ethnic identity constructions
Section three: Malaysia and Singapore
Chapter Seven: Being "Mixed" in Malaysia: Perspectives on Ethnic Diversity
Chapter Eight: Chinese, Indians and the Grey Space in between: Acceptance of Malaysian Chindians in a plural society
Chapter Nine: ‘Our Chinese’: The Mixedness of Peranakan Chinese Identities in Kelantan, Malaysia
Pue Giok Hun
Chapter Ten: Eurasian as Multiracial: mixed race, gendered categories and identity in Singapore
Zarine L. Rocha
Section four: India and Indonesia
Chapter Eleven: Is the Anglo-Indian ‘Identity Crisis’ a Myth?
Chapter Twelve: W
Zarine L. Rocha is the Managing Editor of Current Sociology and the Asian Journal of Social Science
Farida Fozdar is Associate Professor in Anthropology and Sociology, at The University of Western Australia