Primary Reader: Asian American Studies

This week’s readings focused on Asian American Studies and how they are constantly in change since the begining. The readings for the week talk about what factors influence this change. From all the three reading for the week, I really liked Unemoto’s chapter 1 “On Strike” that was focused on the series of strikes that […]

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Researcher- Civil Rights and Militant Radicalism

Uploaded: The Asians American Movement Here’s a video from YouTube and is a trailer of a recently released film called, ‘Uploaded: The Asian American Movement’. What this film foucses is on stererotypes relating to Asian Americans and how these stereotypes are reflected in the media. Also, the film talks about YouTube being a “space” of […]

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Primary Reader

The three readings that we have for the week relates to the ‘War on Terror’. Amongst all three, I really enjoyed and liked Rana’s article. These readings specifically look at the changed world after the recent attacks by a group of people follwing and belonging to Islamic faith. In Junaid Rana’s piece, the author talks […]

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Researcher Week 4

After reading Asian American Displacements by Andreson and Lee I started to think about internal displacements that occur within a country. Internal displacements within a country are often overlooked, but can cause and have a tremendous effect on the society in this globalised world. Following is a link to a movie page that I came […]

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Primary Reader: Molina and Omi

Both articles by Molina and Omi for this week relate race to the idea of citizenship. Molina in her introduction of her book ‘Fit to be Citizens’ specifically talks about the idea of ‘Race’ and ‘Public Health’ in the city of Los Angeles. She in the introduction focus primarily focuses on this issue from 1879-1939. […]

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On "Primary Reader 7/3"

I really liked when author and also Ryan stated a key point in this week's reading: “globalization has sparked the feminization of migrant labor.” This is very interesting to me as Globalisation and Migration are one of my favourite topics to discuss and read about. What we have seens in recent decades especially is rise in the migrantion of (domestic) workers from developing (third world) countries to the developed (first world) ones. The reasons behind such migration patters all link to the process of globalisation and what this process does to the effected region(s), and also on the residents of the nation. This rise in migration, specifically in migration of middle-class women is very crucial. What's interesting is this has also lead to a concept of "Feminisation of Poverty" discussed in 'Recurrent Gender Patterns'.

On "Primary Reader 6/24"

I agree with both Ryan and Atitaya and was very much interested and impressed with the article by Robert Lee. Out of the two articles we had to read Lee's article on the Cold War and the Origins of Model Minority Myth was my favourite. Populations of Asians Americans were initially looked as bad and disease carrying, but they soon became a 'model' for the other minority groups residing in the United States. To be a part of the model minority, one has to have certain characteristics as we discussed in past readings and discussions. Asian Americans because of their docile and apolitical nature were quickly added to the category of "assimilated" migrants. As I was reading the article and thinking about the read through an historic and anthropological perspective, I had a question on the establishment of the model minority and the rise of Communism in the Americas. It may be because of this 'Red Scare' the State implimented such notions of model minority so that Asian populations could adhere to and pursue their capitalistic or American dreams.

On "Primary Reader: Discourses of Exclusion"

I also agree with Trevor's synthesis of the articles that we had to read for the week. I was very much interested in reading about the Asian in United States in Erika Lee's article titled 'Yellow Peril'. Being an Anthro. undergrad, my main area of focus is also migration and specifically transnational migration and this article relates to it very well. What Lee does in this article is examines the migration patterns of Asians to the United States and other countries in the same hemisphere. She also looks at the "threat" that this produces. Anyhow, I had the same reaction as Trevor's when Lee points out the hiring of Sikhs as police in Hong Kong. I think this is because Hong Kong as a Brtish territory during the time. India, at the same time was also occupied by the British and many Sikhs were part of their policing regiments. Because of this 'connectedness' amongst two territories, we can observe easier migration patterns; both by choice and by force.