Displacements and Diasporas: Asians in the Americas (Paperback)

Displacements and Diasporas: Asians in the Americas By Wanni W. Anderson (Editor), Robert G. Lee (Editor) Cover Image
By Wanni W. Anderson (Editor), Robert G. Lee (Editor)
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Asians have settled in every country in the Western Hemisphere; some are recent arrivals, other descendents of immigrants who arrived centuries ago. Bringing together essays by thirteen scholars from the humanities and social sciences, Displacements and Diasporas explores this genuinely transnational Asian American experience-one that crosses the Pacific and traverses the Americas from Canada to Brazil, from New York to the Caribbean.

With an emphasis on anthropological and historical contexts, the essays show how the experiences of Asians across the Americas have been shaped by the social dynamics and politics of settlement locations as much as by transnational connections and the economic forces of globalization. Contributors bring new insights to the unique situations of Asian communities previously overlooked by scholars, such as Vietnamese Canadians and the Lao living in Rhode Island. Other topics include Chinese laborers and merchants in Latin America and the Caribbean, Japanese immigrants and their descendants in Brazil, Afro-Amerasians in America, and the politics of second-generation Indian American youth culture.

Together the essays provide a valuable comparative portrait of Asians across the Americas. Engaging issues of diaspora, transnational social practice and community building, gender, identity, institutionalized racism, and deterritoriality, this volume presents fresh perspectives on displacement, opening the topic up to a wider, more interdisciplinary terrain of inquiry and teaching.

About the Author

Wanni W. Anderson is an adjunct associate professor in the department of anthropology and ethnic studies concentration at Brown University.

Robert G. Lee is an associate professor in the department of American civilization at Brown University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780813536118
ISBN-10: 0813536111
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: May 18th, 2005
Pages: 312
Language: English