Primary Reader on June 26th

“Asian American Displacements” by Wanni Anderson and Robert Lee focus on a few frame works including what Asian Americanists study about, the relationship between Asian settlement and the patterns of American history and society, Asian immigrant workers’ role in shaping both the land and social terrain, the connection between American imperialism and the trajectories of […]

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7/8 Primary Reader

For the three readings we have to do before class, they are focused on the civil rights movements toward Asians in American and how they tried to achieve their goal and gained their rights along with the movements.  In Aguirre’s piece “Spaces of Mobilization: The Asian American/Pacific Islander Struggle for Social Justice” started with a […]

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Researcher 7/3 The link above is an article about the expelled of Asians in Uganda in 1972 by Idi Amin, it tells us the reason why president Idi Amin explained his reason for the this act is because he thinks Asians in Uganda threaten their economy and encouraging corruption.  He stated an interesting example that Asians […]

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Researcher June 24th – “LIFE” Magazine and “Japanese War Bride” film “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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Researcher – 3

These are the Anti- Chinese poster during the 19th century.  During the mid 19th century, many Asians started to immigrate to the U.S. and that brought the attention of public.  Anti- Asians racism started to raise up because of the cultural difference and they blamed the Asians for making them to lose jobs and the […]

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Primary Reader – Said and Shah’s Orientalism and Politics of Knowledge

The readings we have to read before class is the introduction from Orientalism by Edward Said and “Public Health and the Mapping of Chinatown” by Nyan Shah.  These two readings shared the ideas of how Asians or Chinese were viewed by the Europeans and White Caucasians during the 19th century.  Medias and literature were being […]

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On "Primary Reader 7/10 readings"

I feel like Yamashita’s I-Hotel is one of the hardest pieces we have to read in this course because it is just confusing. Although it is a tough piece, the new format of writing that Yamashita uses is interesting because this is my first time reading a piece that is a combination of fictions, play, conversations, etc… I am agreed with Lucy that in Umemoto’s piece, when they said their students found those who lived the ethnic experience could best teach about it because they teach what they went through is the best. Umemoto analyze the growth of political consciousness among Asian American students during the San Francisco State strike, and she analysis them separately in four different stages. I think her piece is in an organize format and it is much easier to read compares to I-Hotel. One thing that caught my attention is she talks about Freedom Riders of 1962 because I watched that movie in my other class, and the Freedom Riders tended to go on the road trip with mixed raced to protest about segregations betweens blacks and the whites. I found it related to San Francisco Strike because these two groups both fighting for the equal rights and these two events helped us to shape into today’s America. For the Aoyagi-Storm’s piece, it is interesting because this is my first time to hear about the Vincent Chin case just like Olivia Lin, and I am glad to hear about the CRAASH. I have been in Hunter College for Five years and it is my first time to hear about the CRAASH and the author described the movement in details. I found it interesting to read because it is related to us in Hunter College.

On "Primary Reader on 7/1 readings"

The three readings we have to do on July 1st all focused on the racial problems brought up from the 9/11 and how do U.S. immigration policies changed to target on Muslim immigrants afterward. For Rana’s piece, she basically talks about the racism towards Muslims after the 9/11 and how they were seen as “terrorist”. She clearly states her meaning of moral panic in her piece and she tried to connect it to the orientalism placed on Asian immigrants, and how they were being stereotype by the western countries. I am agreed that the connection of “yellow peril” of China and Japan in relation to the “Islam Peril” is interesting. Western countries placed typical negative image to them and how they were treated differently under the law and government. Besides moral panic, Rana mentioned a few theoretical theories connect to her thesis like racial formation, orientalism, transnational family structure, etc… I think Maira’s “Youth Culture Citizenship” focus on U.S. immigration acts after 9/11, which is different from Rana’s focus on moral panic. She stated her meaning of “Flexible citizenship” and I found that interesting also. Because it shows that there is less concern of citizenship toward the Asian groups after the 9/11 which caught my attention. In Naber’s piece, there is one thing that I found interesting is the Japanese American community organizations expose the similar ties between the racist backlash against Japanese and Muslims in the U.S., how they were treated the same way after the attack of Pearl Harbor and World Trade Center. The purpose of expose the connections is because JACL did not want the same thing happen on the Muslims again and they did not want them to be seen as “ dangerous” just like how they were isolated in the concentration camps after the Pearl Harbor attack.

On "Primary Reader on Lisa Lowe and Leti Volpp"

In comparison to Leti Volpp’s articale, I think Lowe’s “Immigration Acts” is more complex and she explores deeply about how Asian immigrants are just same as the while European immigrants but they were denied for citizenship. Lowe includes her thoughts and view with the legislations passed by the U.S. government toward Asian immigrants in this piece, and how the states’ laws were unfair to the Asians. They were always seen as “alien”, cheap labors, immigrants in the states. Asian immigrants had to protest and defense themselves in order to gain their rights for citizenship status. I am agreed that gender roles mentioned by Lowe caught my attention too because I am also surprise that back in the days, if a female citizen married with a non- citizen male, she will lose her citizenship because of her marriage. I also like how Lowe adopts Karl Marx’s theory to abstract her idea of racial capitalism, how U.S. has to maximize it profits through labors and that is including female immigrant labor. I think Volpp’s piece is short and easier to understand compares to Lowe’s and I am agreed with your points on how she explains different types of citizenship. Her article is organized in a time- line format, so readers are easier to follow compares to Lowe’s. I am agreed with you that Asian Americans were changed from “Yellow Peril” to “Model Minority” because Asian Americans were questioned to be donors and fundraisers for President Clinton’s re-election in 1996 and they called it the “Asian connection”. Compares to the “yellow peril” period, Asians were seen as foreigners, and now they are more involve into U.S. politics.

On "Primary Reader – Week 2 readings"

I am agreed that the two articles we discussed are about how race is in related to public policy. Omi and Winant’s “Racial Formation” concentrates more on topics and definitions of racial formation in authors’ own thoughts and opinions. Omi and Winant stated the definition of racial project which means “an interpretation representation, or explanation of racial dynamic, and an effort to reorganize and redistribute resources along particular racial lines”. They also define what “color blind” means to them and how racial project in the U.S. is “liberal”. In Molina’s “Fit to Be Citizens”, it actually states examples of how race is affect by the politics during the 19th century. Molina concentrates on the health policies were used toward the immigrants, like how the Los Angeles City Health Department used only two racial categories which is “Chinese” and “the rest of the population”, which means they separated Chinese specifically with others because they wanted to state that they are different from others to the public. They were concerned about Chinese and Japanese immigrants were threatening others’ health issues because they were seen as dirty in public images. Another example Molina stated is Mexican, Japanese and Chinese were excluded from the benefits of full social participation in the life of their city. They were limited in wages, working conditions, owning land, accumulating other assets or moving freely in the city for housing.