Research 2

My midterm paper mainly focused on the role of media on portraying the  Asians and Asian Americans. I randomly came across this article on hollyhood Yellow peril and this is very interesting. http://mountiewire.com/hollywoods-yellow-peril-how-the-media-portrays-asian-americans/   Mallika Basnet

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Primary Reader: Pacific Wars

As one might have gleaned from the title of this post, today’s readings deal America’s involvement in the post WWII wars along the Pacific, but not directly. No, the two pieces don’t talk about the carnage on the ground; they talk about  how America’s strategic interests at the time facilitated a different kind of racial […]

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Researcher: June 24th – Pacific Wars

In Robert Lee’s “Cold War Construction of the Model Minority Myth,” he writes that Asian Americans were more likely to fit in a white-dominant society because Asian Americans were not Blacks. He writes “Asian Americans were ‘not black’ in 2 significant ways: they were politically silent and ethnically assimilable” (145). I never thought about the […]

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Researcher June 24th – “LIFE” Magazine and “Japanese War Bride” film

http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/a_f/foster/lifemag.htm “The Cold War Origins of the Model Minority Myth” by Robert Lee mentioned on page 147 that Life magazine’s descriptions of using Tojo, as the current Premier of Japan during the World War II to represent the Japanese, and how to use him to identify the difference between Japanese and Chinese.   The link above […]

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Primary Reader on Lisa Lowe and Leti Volpp

Lisa Lowe introduced the relationship between national culture and citizenship in the beginning. One becomes “American” if him or herself becomes, acts or speaks like one. She incorporated how Wars played critical roles in defining Asians as the “others”.  I found it interesting when she mentioned how architect Maya Lin’s monument for the Vietnam War […]

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Researcher for 6/19

http://www.cis.org/1965ImmigrationAct-MassImmigration Like many of the analyses I could find online, the above defends the Immigration Act of 1965, discussed extensively in the Lowe piece.  I thought this one was worth posting because it contains several quotes from American politicians, illustrating the controversy that surrounded the bill.  While the Lowe piece gives the opinion of one […]

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Primary Reader | Law and Citizenship

In Lisa Lowe’s piece, I thought her ideas on culture equating to citizenship were interesting because it is not necessarily what it is today. Citizenship in the early twentieth century seemed to be based on how well someone was integrated or assimilated into American culture, so it was affected by societal norms and pressures. I […]

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