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Imagining Asia in the Americas / edited by Zelideth María Rivas and Debbie Lee-DiStefano.

Other author/creatorRivas, Zelideth María, 1979-
Other author/creatorLee-DiStefano, Debbie.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, 2016.
Descriptionpages cm.
Series Asian American studies today
Asian American studies today. ^A1266079
Contents Introduction / Debbie Lee-DiStefano -- Part I. Encounters : Moving past encounters : people of Asian descent in the Americas / Kathleen López -- Yellow blindness in a black and white ethnoscape : Chinese influence and heritage in Afro-Cuban religiosity / Martin A. Tsang -- Disrupting "the white myth" : Korean immigration to Buenos Aires and national imaginaries / Junyoung Verónica Kim -- Harnessing the dragon : overseas Chinese entrepreneurs in Mexico and Cuba / Adrian H. Hearn -- Part II. Historicities : interlude / Kathleen López -- Caught between crime and disease : Chinese exclusion and immigration restrictions in early twentieth-century Cuba / José Amador -- The politics of the pipe : opium regulation and protocolonial governance in nineteenth century Hawai'i / Julia Katz -- Part III. Lives/representations : interlude / Kathleen López -- Musings on identity and transgenerational experiences / Ann Kaneko -- Intersecting words : haiku in Gujarati / Roshni Rustomji-Kerns -- Cultural celebration, historical memory, and claim to place in Júlio Miyazawa's Yawara! a travessia Nihondin-Brasil and Uma rosa para Yumi / Ignacio López-Calvo.
Scope and content "This book introduces and explores Asian communities in the U.S., the Caribbean, and Latin America through literary, historical, and theoretical frameworks by bringing together the multiple cultural perspectives of an emerging field of study: the transnational field of Asians in the Americas. The new scholarship of these authors addresses familial, historical, and literary ties to Asia, while also introducing the contributions of Asians in the Americas in an interdisciplinary framework, easily accessible to students and scholars and amendable for course adoption. The subjects of these essays emphasize community by discussing identity, religion, culture, public health, business, language, film, and literature. They imagine the homeland and the possibilities that life in the country of residence holds. This volume seeks to understand the historically collapsed notion of Asians in the Americas, wherein Asian identity has been strategically invoked within rigid confines for political and ideological perspectives. Through a comparative framework, Imagining Asia in the Americas moves past research models that consider the immigrant as a static subject that cuts his ties with the homeland and immerses himself in a new identity specifically linked to the host country. Instead, they introduce new approaches to examine the intersections of the past and present in community formation as it is linked to the homeland as well as the resident country"--Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN 2015047307
ISBN9780813585215 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
ISBN081358521X (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
ISBN0813585201 (paperback ; alkaline paper)

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