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Flashpoints for Asian American Studies

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Emerging from mid-century social movements, Civil Rights Era formations, and anti-war protests, Asian American studies is now an established field of transnational inquiry, diasporic engagement, and rights activism. These histories and origin points analogously serve as initial moorings for Flashpoints for Asian American Studies, a collection that considers–almost fifty years after its student protest founding—the possibilities of and limitations inherent in Asian American studies as historically entrenched, politically embedded, and institutionally situated interdiscipline. Unequivocally, Flashpoints for Asian American Studies investigates the multivalent ways in which the field has at times and—more provocatively, has not—responded to various contemporary crises, particularly as they are manifest in prevailing racist, sexist, homophobic, and exclusionary politics at home, ever-expanding imperial and militarized practices abroad, and neoliberal practices in higher education.

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ISBN-13: 9780823278619
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Viet Thanh Nguyen (Afterword By)
Viet Thanh Nguyen is the author of The Sympathizer, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as the short story collection, The Refugees. He is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.

Cathy J. Schlund-Vials (Edited By)
Cathy J. Schlund-Vials is Professor of English and Asian/Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut. She is also the director of the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute (UConn). She is the author of Modeling Citizenship: Jewish and Asian American Writing and War, Genocide, and Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Crisis, Conundrum, and Critique
Cathy J. Schlund-Vials

Part I Ethnic Studies Revisited
1. Five Decades Later: Reflections of a Yellow Power Advocate Turned Poet
Amy Uyematsu

2. Has Asian American Studies Failed?
Timothy Yu 36

3. The Racial Studies Project: Asian American Studies and the Black Lives Matter Campus
Nitasha Sharma

4. Planned Obsolescence, Strategic Resistance: Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies, and the Neoliberal University
Cathy J. Schlund-Vials

5. Un-homing Asian American Studies: Refusals and the Politics of Commitment
Anita Mannur

Part II Displaced Subjects
6. No Muslims Involved: Letter to Ethnic Studies Comrades
Junaid Rana

7. Outsourcing, Terror, and Transnational South Asia
Asha Nadkarni

8. Asian American Studies and Palestine: The Accidental and Reluctant Pioneer
Rajini Srikanth

9. Against the Yellowwashing of Israel: The BDS Movement and Liberatory Solidarities across Settler States
Candace Fujikane

Part III Remapping Asia, Recalibrating Asian America
10. Transpacific Entanglements
Yên Lê Espiritu, Lisa Lowe, and Lisa Yoneyama

11. Tensions, Engagements, Aspirations: The Politics of Knowledge Production in Filipino American Studies
Martin F. Manalansan

12. Asian International Students at U.S. Universities in the Post-2008 Collapse Era
Cynthia Wu

13. Asians Are the New . . . What?
Kandice Chuh

Part IV Toward an Asian American Ethic of Care
14. Asian Americans, Disability, and the Model Minority Myth
Yoonmee Chang

15. Buddhist Meditation as Strategic Embodiment: An Optative Reflection
Sharon A. Suh

16. What Is Passed On (Or, Why We Need Sweetened Condensed Milk for the Soul)
Brandy Liên Worrall-Soriano

17. An Ethics of Generosity
Min Hyoung Song

Afterword: Becoming Bilingual, or Notes on Numbness and Feeling
Viet Thanh Nguyen


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