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Bilingual Brokers: Race, Literature, and Language as Human Capital

Jeehyun Lim


Bilingual Brokers examines bilingual personhood in Asian American and Latino literature through social debates on bilingualism. Instead of arguing for or against bilingualism this study focuses on the contingencies under which bilingualism is taken as good or bad to bring into high relief the function of language as capital in these debates. Behind the discourse of American identity, economic calculations and rationale played a significant role in challenging the long-held popular view of bilingualism as a liability. The emergence and recognition of Asian American and Latino literature take pl ... More

Keywords: Asian American literature, bilingual personhood, language difference, human capital, Latino literature, multiculturalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780823275304
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823275304.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeehyun Lim, author
Denison University