Readings

Readings: [*] available here (on the Commons site)

Monday 8/15

Readings, required

  • Excerpts from Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Linda Trinh Võ, and K. Scott Wong, eds., Keywords for Asian American Studies (NYU Press, 2015) — “Introduction” (pp. 1-5), “Citizenship” (pp. 20-24), “Empire” (pp. 67-71), “Movement” (pp. 165-68), “Postcolonialism” (pp. 195-97)
  • Karen L. Ishizuka, Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties (Verso, 2016) — especially “Introduction: Wherefore Asian America?” (pp. 1-12), and Chapter 10: “Generations to Come” (pp. 209-26)
  • Erika Lee, The Making of Asian America (Simon & Schuster, 2015), especially “Introduction” (pp. 1-11), Chapter 17: “The ‘Rise of Asian Americans’? Myths and Realities” (pp. 373-89), and “Epilogue: Redefining America in the Twenty-first Century” (pp. 391-402)
  • Dean Itsuji Saranillio, “Why Asian Settler Colonialism Matters: A Thought Piece on Critiques, Debates, and Indigenous Difference,” Settler Colonial Studies 3.3-4 (2013): 280-294. [*]
  • Anantha Sudhakar “Against the Bromance of Cross-Racial Community: Mapping Queer and Feminist Afro-Asian Alliances”  American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA. 2014. Conference Presentation.[*]
  • Podcast: “Episode 22: Sujani Reddy on Nursing and Empire” (2016), Who Makes Cents? A History of Capitalism Podcast

Readings, recommended

  • Excerpt from Vivek Bald, Miabi Chatterji, Sujani Reddy, and Manu Vimalassery, eds., The Sun Never Sets: South Asian Migrants in an Age of U.S. Power (NYU Press, 2013) — “Introduction” (pp. 1-21)
  • Excerpts from Lisa Lowe, Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics (Duke University Press, 1996) — Chapter 1: “Immigration, Citizenship, Racialization: Asian American Critique” (pp. 1-36), and Chapter 3: “Heterogeneity, Hybridity, Multiplicity: Asian American Differences” (pp. 60-83) [*]
  • Vijay Prashad, “Bruce Lee and the Anti-imperialism of Kung Fu: A Polycultural Adventure,” positions 11.1 (2003): 51-90.
    Excerpts from Vijay Prashad, The Karma of Brown Folk (University of Minnesota Press, 2000) –“Of Antiblack Racism” (pp. 157-83) [*]
  • Excerpt from Sujani Reddy, Nursing and Empire: Gendered Labor and Migration from India to the United States (University of North Carolina Press, 2015) — “Introduction: Nursing and Empire” [*]
  • Shalini Shankar, “Racial Naturalization, Advertising, and Model Consumers for a New Millennium,” Journal of Asian American Studies 16.2 (2013): 159-88. [*]

Tuesday 8/16

Readings: [*] available here (on the Commons site)

Readings, required

  • Excerpts from Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Linda Trinh Võ, and K. Scott Wong, eds., Keywords for Asian American Studies (NYU Press, 2015) — “Community” (pp. 31-36), “Identity” (pp. 125-27), “Immigration” (pp. 128-33), “Multiracial” (pp. 174-77), “Race” (pp. 202-7)
  • Excerpt from Asian American Federation, “Asian Americans in New York City: A Decade of Dynamic Change, 2000–2010” (2012) — Executive Summary (pp. 5-10)
  • Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Open City series profiling undocumented New Yorkers: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4
  • Excerpt from Pew Research Center, “The Rise of Asian Americans” (2012/2013) — Overview
  • Responses to the Pew report from the Asian American and Pacific Islander Policy Research Consortium and the Association for Asian American Studies
  • Excerpt from Eric Tang, Unsettled: Cambodian Refugees in the New York City Hyperghetto (Temple University Press, 2015) — “Introduction: Refugee in the Hyperghetto” (pp. 1-27), and “Conclusion: ‘Unsettled’” (pp. 157-79)
  • Natasha Warikoo, “Cosmopolitan Ethnicity: Second-Generation Indo-Caribbean Identities” (pp. 361-92), in Becoming New Yorkers: Ethnographies of the New Second Generation, ed. Philip Kasinitz, John H. Mollenkopf, and Mary C. Waters (Russell Sage, 2004) [*]
  • Excerpts from Ellen D. Wu, The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority (Princeton University Press, 2013) — “Introduction: Imperatives of Asian American Citizenship” (pp. 1-9), and “Epilogue: Model Minority/Asian American” (pp. 242-58)

Readings, recommended

  • Excerpts from Gaiutra Bahadur, Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture (University of Chicago Press, 2013) — Chapter 1: A Magician’s Box, Chapter 2: Ancestral Memory, Chapter 6: A New World, Chapter 11: Surviving History
  • Mitchell J. Chang, Julie J. Park, Monica H. Lin, Oiyan A. Poon, and Don T. Nakanishi, “Beyond Myths: The Growth and Diversity of Asian American College Freshmen, 1971-2005” (2007) — Executive Summary (pp. vi-viii)
  • Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, “‘We’re Not Even Allowed to Ask for Help’: Debunking the Myth of the Model Minority” (2011) — Executive Summary (pp. 4-7)
  • Excerpt from Jennifer Ann Ho, Racial Ambiguity in Asian American Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2015) — “Introduction: Ambiguous Americans” (pp. 1-21) [*]
  • Rebecca Chiyoko King, “Racialization, Recognition, and Rights: Lumping and Splitting Multiracial Asian Americans in the 2000 Census,” Journal of Asian American Studies 3.2 (2000): 191-217. [*]
  • Narmala Halstead, “East Indians as Familiars and Partial Others in New York,” History and Anthropology 23.1 (2012): 149-69. [*]
  • Leela Tanikella, “Voices from Home and Abroad: New York City’s Indo-Caribbean Media,” International Journal of Cultural Studies 12.2 (2009): 167-85.[*]

Wednesday 8/17

Readings: [*] available here (on the Commons site)

Readings, required

Readings, recommended

  • “America’s War Workers” (2014), episode of Fault Lines.
  • Excerpt from Yen Le Espiritu, Asian American Women and Men: Labor, Laws, and Love, 2nd ed. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008) — “Chapter 1: Labor, Laws, and Love” (pp. 1-18) [*]
  • Lauren Hilgers, “The Kitchen Network: America’s Underground Chinese Restaurant Workers,” New Yorker, October 13, 2014.
  • Excerpt from Miliann Kang, The Managed Hand: Race, Gender, and the Body in Beauty Service Work (University of California Press, 2010) — “Introduction: Manicuring Work” (pp. 1-31) and/or “Conclusion: What Is a Manicure Worth?” (pp. 239-254 ) [*]
  • Steven C. McKay, “Filipino Sea Men: Constructing Masculinities in an Ethnic Labor Niche,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 3.4 (2007): 617-633 [+]
  • Laura Y. Liu, “Sweatshop City,” GIDEST Seminar, The New School, New York City. 2016. Presentation. [+]
  • Nami Mun, Miles from Nowhere (Riverhead, 2009) (This book will be given to participants during the Seminar.)
  • Excerpt from Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, Servants of Globalization: Migration and Domestic Work, 2nd ed. (Stanford University Press, 2015) — [*]
  • Minh-Ha T. Pham, Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet: Race, Gender, and the Work of Personal Style Blogging (Duke University Press, 2015) — “Introduction. Asian Personal Style Superbloggers and the Material Conditions and Contexts of Asian Fashion Work” (pp. 1-40) [*]
  • Excerpt from Jeffrey Santa Ana, Racial Feelings: Asian America in a Capitalist Culture of Emotion (Temple University Press, 2015) — “Introduction: Asian America and Racial Feelings” (pp. 1-30) [*]
  • Elena Shih, “Not in My ‘Backyard Abolitionism’: Vigilante Rescue against American Sex Trafficking,” Sociological Perspectives 59.1 (2016): 66-90. [*]
  • Podcast episode: Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu on The Beautiful Generation: Asian Americans and the Cultural Economy of Fashion (Duke University Press, 2010), New Books in Asian American Studies
  • Chaumtoli Huq,  “Workers’ Rights Through A Gender Lens”  Daily Star, March 25, 2015
  • Dina Siddiqui, “Do Bangladeshi factory workers need saving: Sisterhood in the post-sweatshop eraFeminist Review 91.1 (2009): 154-174

Thursday 8/18

Readings: [*] available here (on the Commons site)

Readings, required

  • Excerpts from Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Linda Trinh Võ, and K. Scott Wong, eds., Keywords for Asian American Studies (NYU Press, 2015) — “Culture” (pp. 41-44), “Food” (pp. 95-97), “Media” (pp. 149-53), “Memory” (pp. 153-57), “Performance” (pp. 185-89)
  • Excerpts from AALR issue on Local/Express: Asian American Arts and Community in 90s NYC (2013) — Anantha Sudhakar, Jaishri Abichandani, Vivek Bald, Gayatri Gopinath, Madhulika Khandelwal, Rekha Malhotra, and Naeem Mohaiemen, “Crafting Community: South Asian American Arts and Activism in 1990s New York City”; and Swati Marquez and Tamina Davar (Lettering by Ji-Hee Seuk), “DesiFax: Fragments We Recall” [*]
  • Excerpts from AALR issue on (Re)Collecting the Vietnam War (2015) — Viet Thanh Nguyen, “On True War Stories” (pp. 140-45); Anida Yoeu Ali, “What’s in a Name?” (pp. 146-49); Thi Bui, “Sài Gòn, 1968” (pp. 239-46); Sylvia Shin Huey Chong and Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, “Me No Love You Long Time” (pp. 255-63); and Huong Nguyen, “Is This Trash?” (pp. 280-87) [*]
  • Poems from Frances Chung, Crazy Melon and Chinese Apple (Wesleyan University Press, 2000) (This book will be given to participants during the Seminar.)
  • Ashley Dawson, “Desi Remix: The Plural Dance Cultures of New York’s South Asian Diaspora,” Jouvert 7.1 (2002).
  • Tanwi Nandini Islam, Bright Lines: A Novel (Penguin, 2015)
  • Anne Cong-Huyen, “Asian/American and the Digital-Technological Thus Far,” Verge: Studies in Global Asias 1.1 (2015)[*][+]

Readings, recommended

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