Primary Reader 7/10 readings

In Aoyagi Storm’s article, the CRAASH movement is described in great details and truly exposed the emotions of the students involved in the movement. Prior to this course I had no idea in such action taken to revitalize the AASP program here at Hunter. After reading this article I admire Olivia Lin for speaking out […]

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Researcher for 7/8 readings

In class we discussed the keywords for Asian Americans in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s. http://www.unlearningracism.org/writings/lib_theory.htm This piece by Ricky Sherover-Marcuse talks about liberation, oppression, differences and conditions between groups and class etc. His definition of liberation is ” both the undoing of the effects and the elimination of the causes of social oppression. The achievement of […]

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Primary Reader on 7/1 readings

Junaid Rana talks about a concept of moral panic. She connects it to the Islamic peril which formed a racial category of “dangerous Muslims”.  These relations appeared as the aftermath of 9/11 resulted in violence.  She argues the moral panic is like a racial panic, similar to the fear through out the Pearl Harbor attacks, […]

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Researcher on Lisa Lowe, Anderson & Lee, Kwon 6/26

http://culturemining.blogspot.com/2009/12/journal-of-changing-artwork-lucy.html This blogger Kala Burke wrote a little nice article about her reflection on the Lisa Lowe piece connected to a book called “Lucy” by Jamaica Kincaid. The character of Lucy (same name as me, funny),  is an Antiguan girl, who moved to America to become an au pair , which by definition is ,” a domestic […]

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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: Kim, Claire Jean and Jung, Moon-Ho

http://www.jstor.org.proxy.wexler.hunter.cuny.edu/stable/view/4624907?&Search=yes&searchText=underclass&searchUri=%2Faction%2FdoBasicSearch%3FQuery%3Dmodel%2Bminority%2Band%2Bthe%2Bunderclass%26Search%3DSearch%26gw%3Djtx%26prq%3Dmodel%2Bminority%26hp%3D25%26acc%3Don%26aori%3Da%26wc%3Don%26fc%3Doff 1. Above is an article titled “Complicating the Image of Model Minority Success: A Review of Southeast Asian American Education” by authors Bic Ngo and Stacey J. Lee. In order to access, you need your Hunter ID and password. It discusses about the model minority stereotypes of Asian Americans. The popular press or media […]

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Researcher : Nayan Shah’s article.

https://web.archive.org/web/20131122220657/http://library.thinkquest.org/20619/Chinese.html This article provides the history of Chinese immigration and the creation of the first Chinatown in San Francisco. It also includes two black and white photos; first one shows the overcrowded situation Nayan Shah has talked about which led to the danger of health issues. The second images shows the Promontory Point at Central Pacific Railroad […]

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On "Primary Reader 7/3"

I think Ryan covered alot of great and key points to both articles. For Parrenas' article, she argues that "reproduction activities, especially as they have been increasingly commodified, have to be situated in the context of this singular market economy. " (569). She says there are ties between areas in terms of reproduction activities and that relates to what we discussed in class with the Iphone example, having to built it, alot of different countries contribute their parts. I also found the concept of conflicting class mobility interesting because she said migrant Filipinas usually experience an increase or decrease in class status in domestic labor. (574). For Junaid Rana's piece, I think he talks about the Pakistani state which did labor recruiting through out 1990s and deployed migrants through government policies. (116). It has also continued to battle against trade unions. (114). And pursued international migration strategies which rely on minimal regulation based on theory of market self correction. (115).

On "Primary Reader: Pacific Wars"

To add on to what Trevor said about Robert Lee's piece on model minority, he argues that the construction of the model minority was based on the political silence of Asian America due to their cultural trait of self reliance and family cohesion. And the main argument of the contradiction between the continuing reproduction of racial difference and the process of ethnic assimilation. I guess in Liu's piece, he argues that the American space has to be secured; America has ceased to be the same historically idealized and rationalized space. (223). I think the film of Japanese War Bride was a great example, even though "Jim's marriage to Tae represents a step outside these counterposed American alternatives, and a move toward a liberal utopian vision (229), the film "reconciles the difference between Japan and America by its persistent equation of Asia with America via their shared symbolic space- the pacific" (232). There is still a distance between Tae and Jim due to the differences of their ethnic backgrounds and the constant question of how Tae looks in America.

On "Primary Reader: Discourses of Exclusion"

I agree with Trevor's comment about the Fast and Furious example in the Ono and Pham piece. I haven't seen the first movie of the series but I rather enjoyed the 6th one that came out recently. I did not watch it because I had a sense of how Asian Americans are portrayed poorly in the film, but for the excitement and exceptional unrealistic racing skills. The character of Johnny Tran, sure, he might be part of the Asian American gang which isn't that popular after-all and has been depicted as a villain because of his actions in the sports compact scene and perhaps ill and egotistical attitude. But I don't think it portrays anything about the yellow peril discourse. The character of Tran could simply be anybody despite the race, since he is made up with the "badass" stereotype of any gang leader we see in movies. And I don't think it leaves any deceptive impressions because what else did we expect from gang leaders besides the acts of a villain? Also we see Asian American gang leaders in the Rush Hour series as well, etc.. Nothing stood out as illustrations of the yellow peril either.