Immigrant Acts On Asian American Cultural Politics

ISBN-10: 0822318644

ISBN-13: 9780822318644

Edition: 1996

Authors: Lisa Lowe
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Description: In Immigrant Acts, Lisa Lowe argues that understanding Asian immigration to the United States is fundamental to understanding the racialised economic and political foundations of the nation. Lowe discusses the contradictions whereby Asians have been included in the workplaces and markets of the U.S. nation-state, yet, through exclusion laws and bars from citizenship, have been distanced from the terrain of national culture.Lowe argues that a national memory haunts the conception of Asian American, persisting beyond the repeal of individual laws and sustained by U.S. wars in Asia, in which the Asian is seen as the perpetual immigrant, as the "foreigner-within." In Immigrant Acts, she argues that rather than attesting to the absorption of cultural difference into the universality of the national political sphere, the Asian immigrant - at odds with the cultural, racial, and linguistic forms of the nation - displaces the temporality of assimilation. Distance from the American national culture constitutes Asian American culture as an alternative site that produces cultural forms materially and aesthetically in contradiction with the institutions of citizenship and national identity. Rather than a sign of a "failed" integration of Asians into the American cultural sphere, this critique preserves and opens up different possibilities for political practice and coalition across racial and national borders.In this uniquely interdisciplinary study, Lowe examines the historical, political, cultural, and aesthetic meanings of immigration in relation to Asian Americans. Extending the range of Asian American critique, Immigrant Acts will interest readers concerned with race and ethnicity in the United States, American cultures, immigration, and trans-nationalism.

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 10/21/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Preface
Immigration, Citizenship, Racialization: Asian American Critique
Canon, Institutionalization, Identity: Asian American Studies
Heterogeneity, Hybridity, Multiplicity: Asian American Differences
Imagining Los Angeles in the Production of Multiculturalism
Decolonization, Displacement, Disidentification: Writing and the Question of History
Unfaithful to the Original: The Subject of Dictee
Work, Immigration, Gender: Asian "American" Women
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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