Primary Reader | Asian American Studies

The general messages and meaning I understood from the reading were that Asian American, or ethnic studies, are relatively recent and that there is a continuous struggle to be seen and heard and because of this struggle, AsAm studies are not given enough funding, permanency, and voice. For example, on the CRAASH article, the students […]

Read more

Researcher | Civil Rights and Militant Radicalism In this brief article, a half-Japanese American college student reflects on what being Asian American is. In particular, she speaks about the model minority myth and the expectations others have on her in school. She states that she would be labeled with “foreign-ness and high grades.” Therefore, the model minority myth has continues to exist […]

Read more

Primary Reader | The War on Terror

I thought the ideas discussed in this week’s readings were overall very interesting and thought-provoking. The racial formation of Muslims from the discourses of terror, racial panic, and Islamic peril is clear even to this day, particularly in New York City because there continues to be incidents of Muslim citizens being attacked or discriminated against […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

Researcher | Racial Capital, Racial Hierarchy

“What kind of Asian are you?” In this video, a European-American man begins to talk to an Asian-American woman and asks her where she’s from. There is a misunderstanding on both sides of the question. He wants to know what her ethnicity is, whereas she thinks he’s asking her what town she’s from. I think […]

Read more

Researcher | Orientalism & Politics of Knowledge

The first photo is a cartoon that depicts the unhygienic, crowded conditions Chinese immigrants had to endure, contrary to other ethnic groups. The caption for the half of the cartoon says  “Why they can live on 40 cents a day” and on the right, the caption is “and they can’t”. I think these captions further elaborate on […]

Read more

On "Migrant Filipina Domestic Workers and the International Divisioin of Reproductive labor"

I agree with what Mallika has said, especially about the extreme gap between gender equality. The role of economy is clearly very important for the Filipino families, and therefore, it was necessary for the women to find sustainable employment to provide for the well-being of the family. To add on to what Mallika wrote, the contradiction the Filipino workers encounter often leads to emotional complication because of the lack of their actual family. But as the reading says, the Filipino women use the family they take of as a way of finding comfort and need. But I think the author prompts the difficult situation of whether family/relaxing time or finances matter more because it really does make it hard for the workers to give up their life in the Philippines in order to work strenuously in another country. Also as stated, the Filipino women are challenged by gender, class, and racial issues that, in my opinion, make them persevere more because they know it is worth it because it will provide for their families.

On "Primary Reader 6/24"

I also thought the section about Life magazine was provoking. To add on to what Ryan wrote, the idea of the yellow peril was challenged by the model minority myth but Asian-Americans were still categorized based on sexuality and gender and socio-economic status. It seems that Asian-Americans as well as other minority groups will continue to be labeled as something similar to foreign and within that foreign label, they will be labeled with a certain social class, for example, thus creating something like a minority within the Asian-American minority. I agree with what Ryan said about the model minority myth and how it wasn't just a concept or theory, and that it was carried out. To add on, I think the discussion in class about a claim to space and how rural space was a significant factor for Asian-Americans, especially for economic reasons. I think further research on what Ryan wrote about would be interesting! Particularly because it appears in a lot of readings of minorities because excluded from certain benefits and because of the lack of health or housing they become ill or something and it creates or strengthens stereotypes. It's not their fault people are excluding them or creating ridiculous stereotypes because of inequality.

On "Primary Reader: Discourses of Exclusion"

I agree with Trevor's analysis/conclusions about Lee's piece. To add on, I think Lee suggests that the anti-Asian movement was global, however, led by the U.S.. Additionally, I think Lee's key points centered around the key points of immigration, citizenship, and foreign policy. The instances of Asian exclusion were connected, and I believe the U.S. was the driving force behind the laws passed. To add on to what Trevor wrote about the Ono & Pham piece, the public's exposure to radical media certainly ignited negative feelings and attitudes towards Asian American that was possibly due to the lack of any actual interaction with an Asian American. Therefore, the general public was so easily influenced by media portrayals of Asian American rather than actual exposure to Asian American people. In addition, media influence is hard to remove from one's mind because it is made to make people remember. After the discussion in class of Jun's piece, I have a better understanding of her key ideas. Primarily, I think knowing that her argument was more about African American's demands of citizenship rather than being focused on Orientalism was important to know. Similarly to Trevor's response, I found this piece to be interesting because of the contradictions within the Black Orientalism relationship.