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Asian Americans in New England
Culture and Community
Monica Chiu, ed.

Available only as an ebook.

Revisiting New England

New Hampshire
2009 • 276 pp. 25 illus. 6 x 9"
Asian-American Studies / Social Science

$34.99 Ebook, 978-1-58465-877-1

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“By drawing from history, American studies, theater, sociology, and cultural studies, this anthology echoes, in form and content, the interdisciplinary nature of Asian American Studies. Asian Americans in New England... [continued in Reviews below]”—New England Quarterly

The first interdisciplinary contribution to studies about Asian Americans in New England

This collection, the first to address Asian and Asian Americans’ contributions to New England, highlights a broad range of Asian American communities and historical experiences. From the poignant writings of a young Chinese immigrant to the influence of hip-hop in a New Hampshire Lao community, this original and unique collection seeks to establish a regional template for the study of Asian American lives and art far from the West Coast. These essays provide not just a record of particular achievements but a full and vigorous engagement with Asian American culture along with an analysis of the depiction of Asian Americans in New England. This is an important and timely collection highlighting the creativity and diversity of one of the fastest-growing minority populations in the region.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“By drawing from history, American studies, theater, sociology, and cultural studies, this anthology echoes, in form and content, the interdisciplinary nature of Asian American Studies. Asian Americans in New England charts a new course for the field, bringing local accents, national debates, and global identities into the conversation.”—New England Quarterly

“Significant scholarship has recently emerged that moves the interdisciplinary field of Asian American studies away from its earlier emphasis on the West Coast. Asian Americans in New England can be envisioned as such an effort, enlarging the historical, social, and cultural scope of Asian America to include New England. Importantly, the book also affirms that this inclusion entails a more radical realignment of the field, rather than the simple addition of new spaces and subjects for analysis.”—American Studies

“Monica Chiu has gathered essays brimming with a wealth of new scholarship on significant but little-known human and cultural connections between New England and Asia. Remarkably readable, this book is a model of transnational theory, solid research, and good storytelling at work in harmony.”Floyd Cheung, Department of English Language and Literature and American Studies Program, Smith College

“This large and eclectic collection of fascinating essays on the Asian presence in New England deals another crushing but healthy blow to the West Coast-centric Asian American Studies paradigm, all but assuring the continuing growth of this vibrant field in race and ethnic studies. As ethnically diverse as the subjects they explore—Chinese, Japanese, South Asian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and white—many contributors expertly demonstrate insider-outsider research methods. Moreover, by showcasing Asian students, lecturers, travelers, artists, and performers, as well as white consumers of Asian cultures, the book’s contributors challenge the dominant historical images of Asians in America as manual laborers, shopkeepers, and victims of crude nativism, without minimizing the impact of racialization and orientalism on community and identity formations. Asian American Studies courses anywhere would benefit from including this volume as required reading.”Evelyn Hu-DeHart, professor of history and director, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University

“These illuminating essays chart a new historical geography of Asian America and of New England. The reader is taken on a tour of suddenly unfamiliar terrain and forced to rethink the intersecting historical trajectories that make up the region and the world.”Robert G. Lee, Department of American Civilization, Brown University

“A sparkling collection of essays across disciplinary formations, Asian Americans in New England reveals the reciprocal impress of New England and Asian America. Moreover, this foundational volume illustrates how spatial distinctions, whether regional, national, or transnational, are human creations and as such invite observance and transgression.”Gary Y. Okihiro, professor of international and public affairs, Columbia University, and author of Island World: A History of Hawai’i and the United States

MONICA CHIU is associate professor of English at the University of New Hampshire specializing in Asian American literature, criticism, film, popular culture, and twentieth-century American literature. She is the author of Filthy Fictions: Asian American Literature by Women (2004).

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