1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Asian American Studies

Edited By Cindy I-Fen Cheng Copyright 2017
    384 Pages
    by Routledge

    384 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Asian American Studies brings together leading scholars and scholarship to capture the state of the field of Asian American Studies, as a generation of researchers have expanded the field with new paradigms and methodological tools.

    Inviting readers to consider new understandings of the historical work done in the past decades and the place of Asian Americans in a larger global context, this ground-breaking volume illuminates how research in the field of Asian American Studies has progressed. Previous work in the field has focused on establishing a place for Asian Americans within American history. This volume engages more contemporary research, which draws on new archives, art, literature, film, and music, to examine how Asian Americans are redefining their national identities, and to show how race interacts with gender, sexuality, class, and the built environment, to reveal the diversity of the United States. Organized into five parts, and addressing a multitude of interdisciplinary areas of interest to Asian American scholars, it covers:

    a reframing of key themes such as transnationality, postcolonialism, and critical race theory

    • U.S. imperialism and its impact on Asian Americans

    • war and displacement

    • the garment industry

    • Asian Americans and sports

    • race and the built environment

    • social change and political participation

    • and many more themes.

    Exploring people, practice, politics, and places, this cutting-edge volume brings together the best themes current in Asian American Studies today, and is a vital reference for all researchers in the field.

    List of Tables, Notes on Contributors, Acknowledgments, Introduction: On Reclaiming the Political Project of Asian American Studies, PART ONE: Shifting Paradigms, 1. On Racial Stereotyping, 2. On the Asian American Question, 3. Postcolonialism and Asian American Studies, 4. Diaspora as Frame and Object of Analysis in Asian American Studies, 5. American Antipodes: Anna Kazumi Stahl’s Flores de un solo día, PART TWO: War, Colonization, and U.S. Imperialism, 6. The Vietnam War and The “Good Refugee”, 7. Refugee Memoryscape: The Rhetoric of Hmong Refugee Writing, 8. Prosecuting the Khmer Rouge: Cambodian American Memory Work, 9. Asian Settler Colonialism’s Histories, 10. The Strange Career of the Filipino “National”: Empire, Citizenship, and Racial Statecraft, 11. The Arab American Experience: From Invisibility to Heightened Visibility, PART THREE: Globalization, Global Restructuring, and the Question of National Belongings, 12. Popular Music, Globalization, and Asian/America, 13. The Sports Loyalty Test: Asian Athletes and Asian American Cultural Politics, 14. Jeremy Lin, Global Asian American, 15. Beneath Each Layer of Cloth: Chinese Women in the New York City Garment Industry, PART FOUR: Representations Within and Across Nations, 16. The Globality of Af-Pak: U.S. Empire and the Muslim Problem, 17. The Japanese American Transnational Generation: Rethinking the Spatial and Conceptual Boundaries of Asian America, 18. Migration, Citizenship, and Sexuality in Asian/America, 19. From Noxious Quarters to Affluent Ethno-burbs: Race and Space in Asian American History, 20. The Invention of the Model Minority, PART FIVE: Social Change and Political Participation, 21. Asian American Studies and/as Digital Humanities, 22. Asian American Queer and Trans Activisms, 23. “Other”: Reconsidering Asian Exclusion and Immigrant Rights, 24. Afro-Asian Solidarity through Time and Space: Roads Taken and Not Taken, 25. The Political Participation of Asian Americans, Index


    Cindy I-Fen Cheng is Associate Professor of History and Asian American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the award-winning author of Citizens of Asian America: Democracy and Race during the Cold War (New York University Press, 2013).