The Routledge Handbook of Asian American Studies


Edited by Cindy I-Fen Cheng
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2016

The Routledge Handbook of Asian American Studies brings together leading scholars and scholarship to capture the state of the field of Asian American Studies, as a generation of researchers have expanded the field with new paradigms and methodological tools.

Inviting readers to consider new understandings of the historical work done in the past decades and the place of Asian Americans in a larger global context, this ground-breaking volume illuminates how research in the field of Asian American Studies has progressed. Previous work in the field has focused on establishing a place for Asian Americans within American history. This volume engages more contemporary research, which draws on new archives, art, literature, film, and music, to examine how Asian Americans are redefining their national identities, and to show how race interacts with gender, sexuality, class, and the built environment, to reveal the diversity of the United States. Organized into five parts, and addressing a multitude of interdisciplinary areas of interest to Asian American scholars, it covers:

  • a reframing of key themes such as transnationality, postcolonialism, and critical race theory
  • U.S. imperialism and its impact on Asian Americans
  • war and displacement
  • the garment industry
  • Asian Americans and sports
  • race and the built environment
  • social change and political participation
  • and many more themes.

Exploring people, practice, politics, and places, this cutting-edge volume brings together the best themes current in Asian American Studies today, and is a vital reference for all researchers in the field.

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