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Disoriented : Asian Americans, Law, and the Nation-State - Robert Chang

Disoriented

Asian Americans, Law, and the Nation-State

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Does "Asian American" denote an ethnic or racial identification? Is a person of mixed ancestry, the child of Euro- and Asian American parents, Asian American? What does it mean to refer to first generation Hmong refugees and fifth generation Chinese Americans both as Asian American?

In Disoriented: Asian Americans, Law, and the Nation State, Robert Chang examines the current discourse on race and law and the implications of postmodern theory and affirmative action-all of which have largely excluded Asian Americans-in order to develop a theory of critical Asian American legal studies.

Demonstrating that the ongoing debate surrounding multiculturalism and immigration in the U.S. is really a struggle over the meaning of "America," Chang reveals how the construction of Asian American-ness has become a necessary component in stabilizing a national American identity-- a fact Chang criticizes as harmful to Asian Americans. Defining the many "borders" that operate in positive and negative ways to construct America as we know it, Chang analyzes the position of Asian Americans within America's black/white racial paradigm, how "the family" operates as a stand-in for race and nation, and how the figure of the immigrant embodies a central contradiction in allegories of America.

"Has profound political implications for race relations in the new century"
"--Michigan Law Review, May 2001"

"Has profound political implications for race relations in the new century."

-Michigan Law Review "Sophisticated and passionate . . . As [Robert Chang] says, our world is now `bursting with color' and it is his accomplishment in this book to re-theorize the vocabulary within which questions of race are debated in this society."

-Stanley Fish,University of Illinois, Chicago

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Becoming Asian Americanp. 1
A Meditation on Borders
Dreaming in Black and White: Racial-Sexual Policing in The Birth of a Nation, The Cheat, and Who Killed Vincent Chin?p. 11
Centering the Immigrant in the Inter/National Imaginationp. 27
Developing a Critical Asian American Legal Studies Bridge: Introduction to Part IIp. 45
Why We Need a Critical Asian American Legal Studiesp. 48
Narrative Spacep. 61
A Narrative Account of Asian Americap. 76
Mapping Asian American Legal Studiesp. 98
From Identity Politics to Political Identities Bridge: Introduction to Part IIIp. 109
Reverse Racism! Affirmative Action, the Family, and the Dream That is Americap. 110
One America: An Essay in Three Partsp. 123
Postscript: This Ain't Ozp. 136
Notesp. 139
Indexp. 173
About the Authorp. 180
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ISBN: 9780814715215
ISBN-10: 0814715214
Series: Critical America
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st June 1999
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.45