Flashpoints for Asian American Studies

Flashpoints for Asian American Studies

Cathy J. Schlund-Vials

Print publication date: 2018

ISBN: 9780823278602

Publisher: Fordham University Press


Born out of mid-century social movements, Civil Rights Era formations, and anti-war protests, Asian American studies is now an established field of transnational inquiry, diasporic engagement, and rights activism. These histories and origin points analogously serve as initial moorings for Flashpoints for Asian American Studies, a collection which considers—almost fifty years after its student protest founding—the possibilities of and limitations inherent in Asian American studies as historically entrenched, politically embedded, and institutionally situated interdiscipline. Unequivocally, Flashpoints for Asian American Studies investigates the multivalent ways in which the field has—and, at times and more provocatively, has not—responded to various contemporary crises, particularly as they are manifest in prevailing racist, sexist, homophobic, and exclusionary politics at home, ever-expanding imperial and militarized practices abroad, and neoliberal practices in higher education.

Table of Contents

Front Matter

Part I Ethnic Studies Revisited

Part II Displaced Subjects

Part III Remapping Asia, Recalibrating Asian America

Chapter 10 Transpacific Entanglements

Yên Lê Espiritu, Lisa Lowe, and Lisa Yoneyama

Part IV Toward an Asian American Ethic of Care