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Politicizing Asian American Literature
Towards a Critical Multiculturalism





ISBN 9780415512909
Published December 9, 2011 by Routledge
182 Pages

 
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This book examines U.S. multiculturalism from the perspective of Asian American writings, drawing contrasts between politically acquiescent multiculturalism and politically conscious multiculturalism. Chae discusses the works of writers who have highlighted a critical awareness of Asian Americans’ social and economic status and their position as 'unassimilable aliens', 'yellow perils', 'coolies', 'modern-day high tech coolies', or as a 'model minority', which were ideologically woven through the complex interactions of capital and labor in the U.S. cultural and labor history. Chae suggests that more productive means of analysis must be brought to the understanding of Asian American writings, many of which have been attempting to raise awareness of the politicizing effects of U.S. multiculturalism.

Table of Contents

Introduction: 'Who Consumes Multiculturalism?'  Part 1: Politically Acquiescent Asian American Multiculturalism  1. Cultural Economies of Model Minority Creation  2. Measuring Silences in Popular Asian American Literature  Part 2: Politically Conscious Asian American Multiculturalism  3. Beyond Ethnicity: The Critical Movement in Asian American Literature  4. Is There Any Essential Component of Asian American Literature?: Karen Tei Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange  5. Counteracting the Hegemonic Discourse of 'America': Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of Meats.  Conclusion: Multiculturalism, or an International Marketing of U.S. Capitalism

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Biography

Youngsuk Chae is assistant Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke. Her research interests include critical race studies, theorizing globalization, Asian Diaspora, and critique of hegemonic discourse.