By Mimi Thi Nguyen
This interdisciplinary assortment brings jointly participants operating in Asian American experiences, English, anthropology, sociology, and artwork historical past. they think about problems with cultural authenticity raised by means of Asian American participation in hip hop and jazz, the emergence of an orientalist “Indo-chic” in U.S. formative years tradition, and the movement of Vietnamese tune kind exhibits. They research the connection among chinese language eating places and American tradition, problems with sexuality and race delivered to the fore within the video functionality paintings of a Bruce Lee–channeling drag king, and immigrant tv audience’ dismayed reactions to a chinese language American chef who's “not chinese language enough.” The essays in Alien Encounters display the significance of scholarly engagement with pop culture. Taking pop culture heavily finds how humans think and exhibit their affective relationships to heritage, id, and belonging.
Contributors. Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Kevin Fellezs, Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez, Joan Kee, Nhi T. Lieu, Sunaina Maira, Martin F. Manalansan IV, Mimi Thi Nguyen, Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, Sukhdev Sandhu, Christopher A. Shinn, Indigo Som, Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu, Oliver Wang
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I suggest that these changes are reﬂective of both individual perceptions of race and identity and a general consciousness of racial di√erence within American hip hop culture at large. ‘‘The Afrocentric Asian’’: Negotiating Blackness and Asianness In New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone, Raquel Z. ’’≤≠ The term latinidad represents ‘‘Latino-ness’’ in the same way that blackness functions in African American public culture. It is meant to represent the core essence of what it is to be a Latino.
In 1995, Yellow Peril released its own sampler tape with a song called ‘‘Asian for the Man,’’ which critiqued Asian stereotypes in the mass media. ∂∑ Like Fists of Fury’s ‘‘After School,’’ ‘‘Asian for the Man’’ is a dual critique. Yellow Peril attacked the ‘‘racist ideology’’ of American society and media, but it also took Asian American actors to task for accepting roles that the group deemed demeaning to the image of Asian American men. In e√ect, Yellow Peril was dialoguing with the larger American society but also calling on members of the Asian American community to take responsibility for their potentially detrimental actions.
These Asian American cultural producers, as our authors demonstrate, are not naively resistant to the processes of globalization; their interests lie in making those processes more just. These critiques of globalization have often entailed reasserting the persistent resonance of local places and the disciplinary aspects of mobility. Indigo Som’s photo essay on Chinese restaurants in the Midwest o√ers a thoughtful meditation on these uneven exchanges of bodies and images in documenting how, in areas where Chinese communities are few and far between, the idea of Chineseness is imagined.
Alien Encounters: Popular Culture in Asian America by Mimi Thi Nguyen