Politicizing Asian American Literature: Towards a Critical Multiculturalism

1st Edition

Youngsuk Chae

Routledge
Published December 9, 2011
Reference - 182 Pages
ISBN 9780415512909 - CAT# Y134514
Series: Studies in Asian Americans

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Summary

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.

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