Orientals: Asian Americans in Popular Culture

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Notes

Preface
1.
On these settlements, see Marina Espina in Fred Cordova, ed., Filipinos: Forgotten Asian Americans ( Seattle: Demonstration Project for Asian Americans, 1983), 1-7.
2.
"Grisly Account of Ly Killing Believed Penned by Suspect", Los Angeles Times, Orange County edition, March 7, 1996. Even the racially motivated murder of Asian Americans is slow to provoke other Americans to think of Asians Americans as fellow citizens. The murder of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American engineer, became newsworthy only when Asian Americans organized to protest the fact that Chin's murderers, two white autoworkers, were fined and given no jail sentences because they were otherwise considered good citizens. Despite the fact that the killer of five Cambodian children in a Stockton schoolyard in 1989 confessed to the crime, citing as his inspiration the Vietnam revenge movie Rambo, the national media chose to treat the Stockton schoolyard killings not as hate crimes but rather as a problem of the availability of automatic weapons.
3.
See the National Asian Pacific Legal Consortium, "Audit of Violence Against Asian Pacific Americans: The Consequences of Intolerance in America", Third Annual Report ( Washington, D.C., 1996), 1.
4.
See Karl Marx, "The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon", in Robert C. Tucker , ed., The Marx Engels Reader ( New York: W. W. Norton, 1978), 595.

Introduction: Yellowface
1.
Non-Asians fined by the Federal Election Commission for illegal contributions to the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign included Simon Fireman, who was fined $6 million (the largest such fine ever levied), and Thomas Kramer, a German national who was fined $323, 000. See "Petition of the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium et al. to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, " September 10, 1997, reprinted at http://www2.ari.net/oca/camp/ complain.html.
2.
Takao Ozawa v. United States, 260 U.S.178 (1922).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface - Where Are You From? ix
  • Introduction - Yellowface 1
  • 1 - The "Heathen Chinee" on God's Free Soil 15
  • 2 - The Coolie and the Making of the White Working Class 51
  • 3 - The Third Sex 83
  • 4 - Inner Dikes and Barred Zones 106
  • 5 - The Cold War Origins of the Model Minority Myth 145
  • 6 - The Model Minority as Gook 180
  • 7 - After La 204
  • 8 - Disobedient Citizenship: Deconstructing the Oriental 223
  • Notes 233
  • Index 257
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