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Asian is NOT Oriental!: The Emergence of Asian America

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Rhommel Canare, MA

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Transcript of Asian is NOT Oriental!: The Emergence of Asian America

Asian is
NOT
Oriental!: The Emergence of Asian America

What's in a Name?
Oriental =/= Asian American
Self-Determination and a Political Identity: the Asian American Movement
Internal Colonial Model: commonalities among "colonized" group" declaring solidarity with one another (Espiritu).
The Asian American Movement(s)
Asian American Students and Contributions to Ethnic Studies
Locating Asian America Today
SD
A Deeper Look at Asians in America
Heterogeneity
Imperial Wars in Asia
Philippine-American War
The Orientalist Gaze for the Orient
The Formation of Panethnicity and Pan-Asianism
WWII: Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere
"...the existence of differences and differential relationships within a bounded category--that is, among Asian Americans, there are Differences of Asian national origin, of generational relation to immigrant exclusion laws, of class backgrounds in Asia and economic conditions within the US, and of gender" (Lowe 1998).
Chinese
Japanese
Filipinas/os
Koreans
Vietnamese
Thais
Taiwanese
Khmer
Laotian
1st to 5th generation
Asian American women
LGBT Asian Americans
Mixed Race/Mixed Heritage
Hmong
Malaysian
Chinese Exclusion/Asian exclusion
Alien Land Laws (JACL)
Colonialism/Imperialism in Asia
Urban neglect
Japanese Internment
Yellow Peril in the Media
The Vietnam War
Labor struggles
New Media representations and cultural productions
Vincent Chin & the forever foreigner image (Where are you from?)
Transnational Connection: Vietnam War--"Stop Killing Our Asian Brothers and Sisters!"
Emerging Pan-Asian organizations
Boxer Rebellion (China)
Korean War
Vietnam War--Southeast Asia Military interventions
Militarization of Okinawa, Korea, the Philippines, and the Pacific Islands
Indonesian
Indian/
South Asian
Burmese
Pacific Islanders Caught in the Mix...
Native Hawaiians
Chamorros
Tongan
Maori
Tahitian
...and many more.
The Philippine-American War
The Call for an Asian American Consciousness and Movement
Context--1960s (Espiritu 1992)
The Mobilization of the Black community and the Black Power movements--sensitizing them to race issues.
Anti-Colonial nationalist movements in Asia--stirred racial/cultural pride-->Yellow Power=Asia as a source of identity
A call against injustice among communities of Asian ancestry--institutional racism and demand for rights among issues of housing, education, and social welfare.
"Excuse me, AmeriKKKa"
What is an "Asian American"?
As a
Politicized Identity...
it is about identifying and naming experiences of inequality in your life and lives of others
connecting one's self to history (family, community, and ancestors) and reading as text against historical oppression
willing to examine the social and cultural issues surrounding Asian America is it intersects gender, class, sexuality, etc.
seeking possibilities through ACTION: activism, leadership, art, research, teaching, etc.
Japanese propaganda
Japanese Hegemony--reproduced oppression
STUDENT-COMMUNITY POWER
Connect yourself...
What is a Politicized Identity?
1) How do you identify yourself?

2) What do you study? What is your major? What lens(es) do you wish to see the world in?

3) What is in your community? Does it serve a purpose? Does it serve those who live in that community?

4) What do you frequently watch on TV or listen to on the radio? What kind of news do you read? Does it usually speak of your community? Why or why not? For who is it meant for? What audience? Do you see yourself in these narratives?

5) What moment in your life have you felt connected to a common cause?

6) How do you connect yourself to issues and problems going on in the world?

http://colorblinding.tumblr.com/post/11386931415/excuse-me-amerika-by-i-was-born-with-two
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