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By Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson

Winner of the 2014 extraordinary e-book Award awarded via the organization for Theatre in larger Education
Taking a functionality reviews method of realizing Asian American racial subjectivity, Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson argues that the legislations affects racial formation by way of compelling Asian americans to embrace and practice recognizable identities in either well known aesthetic types (such as theater, opera, or rock track) and within the rituals of lifestyle. Tracing the creation of Asian American selfhood from the period of Asian Exclusion in the course of the international conflict on Terror, A Race So Different explores the felony paradox wherein U.S. legislation apprehends the Asian American physique as concurrently excluded from and incorporated in the nationwide physique politic.


Bringing jointly generally outlined varieties of functionality, from inventive works reminiscent of Madame Butterfly to the excellent Court’s oral arguments within the Cambodian American deportation situations of the twenty-first century, this publication invitations dialog approximately how Asian American functionality makes use of the level to record, interrogate, and complicate the techniques of racialization in U.S. legislation. via his notable use of a wealthy criminal and cultural archive, Chambers-Letson articulates a powerful knowing of the development of social and racial realities within the modern United States.

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