Politicizing Asian American Literature

Towards a Critical Multiculturalism

By Youngsuk Chae

© 2008 – Routledge

182 pages

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About the Book

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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Studies in Asian Americans

Reconceptualizing Culture, History, Politics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT004030
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / Asian American
SOC006000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Demography
SOC043000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies