Category: Asian American Studies

What We Talk About When We Talk About Crazy Rich Asians

What We Talk About When We Talk About Crazy Rich Asians

—Lori Kido Lopez
Effective Asian American media activism requires analyses of media industries and audiences as well as readings of a film’s specific meaning and how fictional representations connect to larger structures of racism.

The 9/11 Generation: Life in the Surveillance State

The 9/11 Generation: Life in the Surveillance State

—Sunaina Marr Maira
Since the attacks of 9/11, the banner of national security has led to intense monitoring of the politics of Muslim and Arab Americans. Young people from these communities have come of age in a time when the question of political engagement is both urgent and fraught.

Can the ‘Good’ Muslim Trump Islamophobia?

Can the ‘Good’ Muslim Trump Islamophobia?

—Sunaina Maira
The “9/11 generation” has come of age in the era of an entrenched binary of the “good” (moderate, patriotic, law-abiding) versus “bad” (radical, militant, anti-American) Muslim. Yet this script is flipped by youth who are challenging the policing of black and brown youth and policies of surveillance, incarceration, and counterterrorism and engaging in cross-racial solidarity.

The Adopted Diaspora’s Return to Korea

The Adopted Diaspora’s Return to Korea

—Catherine Ceniza Choy
South Korea plays a central role in the history of international and transracial adoption. What happens when the adopted Korean diaspora returns to the homeland beyond a temporary visit? And what might artistic production by and about Korean international adoptees who have returned to live in Korea say about the history and contemporary state of international adoption?

Stop forgetting Filipino Americans

Stop forgetting Filipino Americans

—Anthony C. Ocampo
The New York Times featured the op-doc “Conversation With Asian-Americans on Race”. It included Asian Americans of different ethnicities and religions testifying about the impact of race on their lives, however, no Filipinos were featured, even though they are the second-largest Asian American group in the country.