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Asian American Panethnicity: Bridging Institutions and Identities
Explores the construction of large-scale affiliations, in which unrelated groups submerge their differences and assume a common identity. Making use of interviews and statistical data, this book examines how Asian panethnicity protects the rights and interests of all Asian American groups.
Paperback, 139 pages
Published February 11th 1993 by Temple University Press
(first published August 1st 1992)
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A classic and important study of the development of Asian American panethnicity from the 1960s through the early 1990s. There is a focus to the development of and tensions in panethnic institutions, which is key to the book's defense of ethnicization as simultaneously a reactive and creative process. However, Espiritu does overemphasize the role of racial lumping in panethnic boundary construction, relegating the role of state categorization to one that is primarily relevant in resource distribu ...more
Oct 24, 2011 Carina rated it liked it · review of another edition
So, I guess I was expecting/wanting more of a focus on (individual) identity aspects of panethnicity, while this book is really a more numbers-based history of panethnic organization at the institutional level. So it was rather drier than I was expecting and not so easy-reading (as evidenced by the fact that it's less than 200 pages and I've been reading it since June). Still, I think it'll be a useful reference to me in future as I continue to work on Asian-American issues.
For what I felt like I was going to get out of this book, it really didn't serve any purpose for me. It is based completely on politics and it only marginally touches on culture as it relates to those very same politics. The chapters and the text as a whole are nearly impenetrably dense for someone with little to no prior knowledge of the subject, and the text only serves to alienate those people further with its esoteric writing.