Asian American Studies Now: A Critical Reader

Asian American Studies Now: A Critical Reader

Asian American Studies Now: A Critical Reader

Asian American Studies Now: A Critical Reader

Synopsis

Asian American Studies Now truly represents the enormous changes occurring in Asian American communities and the world, changes that require a reconsideration of how the interdisciplinary field of Asian American studies is defined and taught. This comprehensive anthology, arranged in four parts and featuring a stellar group of contributors, summarizes and defines the current shape of this rapidly changing field, addressing topics such as transnationalism, U.S. imperialism, multiracial identity, racism, immigration, citizenship, social justice, and pedagogy.

Jean Yu-wen Shen Wu and Thomas C. Chen have selected essays for the significance of their contribution to the field and their clarity, brevity, and accessibility to readers with little to no prior knowledge of Asian American studies. Featuring both reprints of seminal articles and groundbreaking texts, as well as bold new scholarship, Asian American Studies Now addresses the new circumstances, new communities, and new concerns that are reconstituting Asian America.

Excerpt

Ten years have passed since Jean Wu and Min Song edited Asian American Studies: A Reader, inspired by the idea that an interdisciplinary collection of foundational writings about Asian America would make course preparation easier for teachers of introductory level Asian American Studies courses. Since then, Min Song has advanced from senior level graduate student to tenured professor of English at Boston College, and Jean Wu continues to teach at Tufts University, where she develops and teaches comparative race and Asian American Studies courses that involve students in racial and social justice projects in Asian American communities.

The Wu and Song Reader brought together essential readings in the field, and we believe that it remains an excellent resource for students and teachers of Asian America. All the same, in view of the flood of outstanding new scholarship on Asian America in the years since 2000, we have come to the conclusion that the time is right for supplementation. A new generation of scholars is responsible for much of the latest work in the field, and they are researching new topics, bringing new theoretical approaches to bear on familiar themes, and pushing the field in bold new directions. These recent developments have coincided with worldwide shifts that make the present moment very different from that at the end of the last century, when the first anthology was produced. We sense an emerging need to define the current shape of this rapidly changing field, one that has only recently established itself as a vibrant, mature, and thriving scholarly enterprise.

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