Asian North American Identities: Beyond the Hyphen by Eleanor Rose Ty, Donald C. Goellnicht

By Eleanor Rose Ty, Donald C. Goellnicht

The 9 essays in Asian North American Identities discover how Asian North american citizens are not any longer stuck among worlds of the previous and the recent, the east and the west, and the south and the north. relocating past nationwide and diasporic types of ethnic identification to target the person emotions and reports of those who find themselves now not a part of a dominant white majority, the essays accumulated the following draw from quite a lot of assets, together with novels, paintings, images, poetry, cinema, theatre, and pop culture. The e-book illustrates how Asian North americans are constructing new methods of seeing and puzzling over themselves through eluding imposed identities and growing areas that provide replacement websites from which to talk and think. members are Jeanne Yu-Mei Chiu, Patricia Chu, Rocio G. Davis, Donald C. Goellnicht, Karlyn Koh, Josephine Lee, Leilani Nishime, Caroline Rody, Jeffrey J. Santa Ana, Malini Johar Schueller, and Eleanor Ty.

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A narrative of consumption-based assimilation, then, the postmodernist diaspora and hybridity model effectively neutralizes the other materially informed diaspora and hybridity: the one that tells of people dislocated and transported by uneven capitalist developments. Returning now to the New Face of America, I want to ask: why is this synthetic woman smiling? She looks glad, perhaps, because she models the consumer subjectivity so ubiquitous in advertising. She could easily perform the role of handing out McDonald’s Happy Meals, but she would be just as ready to act as a customer and eat one, too.

The ¤rm’s employees are of various ethnic and racial backgrounds, comprising a company that privileges multiculturalism for the exploitation and eventual ruin of the immigrants it targets: “We casually spoke of ourselves as business people,” Henry explains. Domestic travelers. We went wherever there was a need. The urgency of that need, like much of everything else, was determined by some calculus of power and money. Political force, the ®uid motion of capital. . These basics drove our livelihood.

14 Later in this essay, I examine the emergence of an affect-identity in Henry Park, the protagonist in Chang-rae Lee’s Native Speaker. My reading of Lee’s novel focuses on Henry’s emotional engagement with vacillations of identi¤cation. I show how Henry’s feelings express material and historical conditions that Affect-Identity 25 are speci¤c to his family’s diasporic background—feelings restricted by the logic of fragmentation in consumption-based assimilation. As Henry attempts to reconcile with an assimilation premised on postethnic ideology, he simultaneously expresses psychic pains that articulate the socioeconomic contradictions of diaspora.

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