Primary Reader #02

“Racial Panic, Islamic Peril, and Terror” is the article about anti-Muslim racism and the moral panic among the United States since 9/11, 2001. According to the article, after 9/11, many Muslims and people with “Muslim-like” features were the targets in violent attacks and assaults and more than a thousand incidents of racial violence were reported. […]

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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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Primary Reader #01

“Deporting Cambodian Refugee” is the article that written by Soo Ah Kwon and it is about the deportations for criminal aliens and the youth group called AYPAL running the campaign to end those unjust deportations. According to the article, any criminal aliens who committed a felony must serve a sentence in a prison in US […]

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Heterogeneity, Hybridity and Multiplicity: Asian American Differences

Heterogeneity, Hybridity and Multiplicity by Lisa Lowe was published in 1996 in Duke University Press. This article interests me quite as it starts with the poem. To my understanding, through this article she is mostly trying to characterize the Asian American culture by talking about the heterogeneity, hybridity and multicity. She also talks about how […]

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Primary Reader – Empire, Globalization, Diasporas, and Transnationalism

In Lisa Lowe’s “Heterogeneity, Hybridity, and Multiciplicy: Asian American Differences,” she talks about the problems that come with the idea of a homogeneous Asian American population. Instead of looking at Asian American populations as homogeneous, she wants to talk about the heterogeneity and hybridity of the population. In addition she wants to make it a […]

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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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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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Primary reader (Racial Triangulation)

Chaire Jean Kim’s article is based on racialize minorities in America since 1850s. She states that white majorities are responsible for ordering the racial group which means white considered the racial position of minorities in the society. Both Blacks and Asians were “degenerated” as inferiority and foreigners respectively. Some cases Blacks and Asian were treated equally lower such as […]

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