The Accidental Asian

The Accidental Asian Author Eric Liu
ISBN-10 9780307428103
Release 2007-12-18
Pages 224
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Beyond black and white, native and alien, lies a vast and fertile field of human experience. It is here that Eric Liu, former speechwriter for President Clinton and noted political commentator, invites us to explore. In these compellingly candid essays, Liu reflects on his life as a second-generation Chinese American and reveals the shifting frames of ethnic identity. Finding himself unable to read a Chinese memorial book about his father's life, he looks critically at the cost of his own assimilation. But he casts an equally questioning eye on the effort to sustain vast racial categories like “Asian American.” And as he surveys the rising anxiety about China's influence, Liu illuminates the space that Asians have always occupied in the American imagination. Reminiscent of the work of James Baldwin and its unwavering honesty, The Accidental Asian introduces a powerful and elegant voice into the discussion of what it means to be an American. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Culture Identity Commodity

Culture  Identity  Commodity Author Tseen Khoo
ISBN-10 962209760X
Release 2005-07-01
Pages 328
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Culture, Identity, Commodity is a pioneering work focused on diasporic Chinese literary production in English. It provides broad-ranging, critically-engaged textual analyses that address the dynamic area of diasporic Chinese literary studies from American, Australian, and Canadian perspectives. The innovative research in this collection comes from established and emerging scholars who draw on threads of transnational, postcolonial, globalization, and racialization theories to engage with a broad range of texts including novels, autobiographies, plays and Chinese cooking shows. In so doing, the authors examine issues of cultural and racial identity, the politics of Chinese-ness and the commodification of race/ethnicity, and negotiations of belonging in contemporary Western society. The breadth and depth of the volume's twelve chapters and critical introduction encapsulate vital components of this active research field. The book is a handy reference and critical work for researchers and students and others interested in diasporic Chinese literatures in English, contextualizing national conditions and interrogating the thematics of diasporic and transnational experiences. The volume will be of interest to those researching in diasporic Asian studies, Chinese and English literatures, Australian, Canadian or American literary studies, as well as lay readers interested in intercultural creative and cultural issues.

Asian American X

Asian American X Author Arar Han
ISBN-10 0472098748
Release 2004-08
Pages 247
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Original writings address the struggles of young Asian Americans to define their identities while growing up in the United States

Partly Colored

Partly Colored Author Leslie Bow
ISBN-10 0814791328
Release 2010-04-23
Pages 285
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Talking at Trena's is an ethnography conducted in a bar in an African American, middle-class neighborhood on Chicago's southside. May's work focuses on how the mostly black, working- and middle-class patrons of Trena's talk about race, work, class, women, relationships, the media, and life in general. May recognizes tavern talk as a form of social play and symbolic performace within the tavern, as well as an indication of the social problems African Americans confront on a daily basis. Following a long tradition of research on informal gathering places, May's work reveals, though close description and analysis of ethnographic data, how African Americans come to understand the racial dynamics of American society which impact their jobs, entertainment--particularly television programs--and their social interactions with peers, employers, and others. Talking at Trena's provides a window into the laughs, complaints, experiences, and strategies which Trena's regulars share for managing daily life outside the safety and comfort of the tavern.

Guarding the Golden Door

Guarding the Golden Door Author Roger Daniels
ISBN-10 9781466806856
Release 2005-01-12
Pages 344
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As renowned historian Roger Daniels shows in this brilliant new work, America's inconsistent, often illogical, and always cumbersome immigration policy has profoundly affected our recent past. The federal government's efforts to pick and choose among the multitude of immigrants seeking to enter the United States began with the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Conceived in ignorance and falsely presented to the public, it had undreamt of consequences, and this pattern has been rarely deviated from since. Immigration policy in Daniels' skilled hands shows Americans at their best and worst, from the nativist violence that forced Theodore Roosevelt's 1907 "gentlemen's agreement" with Japan to the generous refugee policies adopted after World War Two and throughout the Cold War. And in a conclusion drawn from today's headlines, Daniels makes clear how far ignorance, partisan politics, and unintended consequences have overtaken immigration policy during the current administration's War on Terror. Irreverent, deeply informed, and authoritative, Guarding the Golden Door presents an unforgettable interpretation of modern American history.

The Accidental Sociologist in Asian American Studies

The Accidental Sociologist in Asian American Studies Author Min Zhou
ISBN-10 0934052476
Release 2011-07-31
Pages 176
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Examines: Chinatown as distinct form of immigrant adaptation; variations in immigrant neighborhoods; segmented assimilation theory; and synergy of sociology and Asian American Studies.

In Search of a Day in Paradise Aztlan

In Search of a Day in Paradise  Aztlan Author Moises Venegas
ISBN-10 1475957394
Release 2012-11-12
Pages 82
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New Mexico is a land of crisis; steps must be taken to improve the lives of its residents. In In Search of a Day in Paradise: Aztlan, author Dr. Moises Venegas analyzes the history of Hispanics in the southwest and makes a call for change in New Mexico’s education, policies, and politics. Venegas shows that after four hundred years, mestizo Hispanos are still searching for their elusive day in paradise—that cultural, economic, political and educational paradise that could help put them in a better place in the future. In Search of a Day in Paradise: Aztlan discusses how, in this modern era, New Mexicans can strive for the return of Aztlan—New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, and California—by demanding a better education , voting for leaders who do not just talk but act when it comes to improving the job situation in New Mexico, and eliminating poverty. In Search of a Day in Paradise: Aztlan offers insight into how using historical data can be of influence as Hispanos seek to improve their standing in today’s society. Time will tell if they will perform better educationally and politically in 2075 than they have in the past.

Klezmer America

Klezmer America Author Jonathan Freedman
ISBN-10 9780231512343
Release 2008-01-18
Pages 408
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Klezmer is a continually evolving musical tradition that grows out of Eastern European Jewish culture, and its changes reflect Jews' interaction with other groups as well as their shifting relations to their own history. But what happens when, in the klezmer spirit, the performances that go into the making of Jewishness come into contact with those that build different forms of cultural identity? Jonathan Freedman argues that terms central to the Jewish experience in America, notions like "the immigrant," the "ethnic," and even the "model minority," have worked and continue to intertwine the Jewish-American with the experiences, histories, and imaginative productions of Latinos, Asians, African Americans, and gays and lesbians, among others. He traces these relationships in a number of arenas: the crossover between jazz and klezmer and its consequences in Philip Roth's The Human Stain; the relationship between Jewishness and queer identity in Tony Kushner's Angels in America; fictions concerning crypto-Jews in Cuba and the Mexican-American borderland; the connection between Jews and Christian apocalyptic narratives; stories of "new immigrants" by Bharathi Mukherjee, Gish Jen, Lan Samantha Chang, and Gary Shteyngart; and the revisionary relation of these authors to the classic Jewish American immigrant narratives of Henry Roth, Bernard Malamud, and Saul Bellow. By interrogating the fraught and multidimensional uses of Jews, Judaism, and Jewishness, Freedman deepens our understanding of ethnoracial complexities.

Growing up with Three Languages

Growing up with Three Languages Author Dr. Xiao-lei Wang
ISBN-10 1847695671
Release 2008-11-06
Pages 200
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This book is based on an eleven-year observation of two children who were simultaneously exposed to three languages from birth. It tells the story of two parents from different cultural, linguistic, and ethnic-racial backgrounds who joined to raise their two children with their heritage languages outside their native countries. It also tells the children’s story and the way they negotiated three cultures and languages and developed a trilingual identity. It sheds light on how parental support contributed to the children’s simultaneous acquisition of three languages in an environment where the main input of the two heritage languages came respectively from the father and from the mother. It addresses the challenges and the unique language developmental characteristics of the two children during their trilingual acquisition process.

Modern Asian Theatre and Performance 1900 2000

Modern Asian Theatre and Performance 1900 2000 Author Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.
ISBN-10 9781408177204
Release 2014-05-08
Pages 320
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Modern Asian Theatre and Performance 1900 � 2000 is a ground-breaking survey, tracking the advent of modern drama in Japan, India, China, Korea and Southeast Asia. It considers the shaping power of realism and naturalism, the influence of Western culture, the relationship between theatrical modernisation and social modernisation, and how theatre operates in contemporary Asian society. Organised by period, nation and region, each chapter provides: ·a historical overview of the culture; ·an outline of theatre history; ·a survey of significant playwrights, actors, directors, companies, plays and productions. With contributions from an international team of scholars, this authoritative introduction will uniquely equip students and scholars with a broad understanding of the modern theatre histories of Asia.

The Accidental Prime Minister

The Accidental Prime Minister Author Sanjaya Baru
ISBN-10 9789351186380
Release 2015-07-05
Pages 320
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When The Accidental Prime Minister was published in 2014, it created a storm and became the publishing sensation of the year. The Prime Minister’s Office called the book a work of ‘fiction’, the press hailed it as a revelatory account of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s first term in UPA. Written by Singh’s media adviser and trusted aide, the book describes Singh’s often troubled relations with his ministers, his cautious equation with Sonia Gandhi and how he handled the big crises from managing the Left to pushing through the nuclear deal. Insightful, acute and packed with political anecdotes, The Accidental Prime Minister is one of the great insider accounts of Indian political life.

The Accidental Billionaires

The Accidental Billionaires Author Ben Mezrich
ISBN-10 9781409069508
Release 2009-11-24
Pages 272
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Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg - an awkward maths prodigy and a painfully shy computer genius - were never going to fit in at elite, polished Harvard. Yet that all changed when master-hacker Mark crashed the university's entire computer system by creating a rateable database of female students. Narrowly escaping expulsion, the two misfits refocused the site into something less controversial - 'The Facebook' - and watched as it spread like a wildfire across campuses around the country, along with their popularity. Yet amidst the dizzying levels of cash and glamour, as silicon valley, venture capitalists and reams of girls beckoned, the first cracks in their friendship started to appear, and what began as a simple argument spiralled into an out-and-out war. The great irony is that Facebook succeeded by bringing people together - but its very success tore two best friends apart.

Die wundersame Bef rderung

Die wundersame Bef  rderung Author Vikas Swarup
ISBN-10 9783462308358
Release 2014-09-10
Pages 400
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Von der Verkäuferin zur Leiterin eines Imperiums – die mitreißende Geschichte eines märchenhaften Aufstiegs Sappna kann nicht glauben, was ihr der Fremde im Tempel anbietet: Sie soll die Leitung seines Imperiums übernehmen, allerdings muss sie sich vorher sieben Prüfungen unterziehen. Sappna lehnt ab, doch dann zwingen sie die Umstände dazu, auf dieses seltsame Angebot einzugehen ...Warum ausgerechnet sie? Sappna, die als Verkäuferin in einem Elektroladen arbeitet, ist irritiert, als Acharya, einer der reichsten Männer Indiens, ihr anbietet, die Leitung seines Milliarden Dollar schweren Imperiums zu übernehmen. Vorher muss sie allerdings sieben Tests bestehen, mit denen er ihre Integrität prüfen will.Sappna glaubt an eine Falle und schlägt das Angebot entrüstet aus, bis die Umstände sie dazu zwingen, ihre Meinung zu ändern. Doch wann sollen die angekündigten Prüfungen endlich beginnen?Sappna will wissen, woran sie ist, nicht ahnend, dass ihr Gönner sie ständig beobachtet – das Leben hält nun mal die besten Prüfungen bereit. Aber kann man Acharya wirklich vertrauen? Oder spielt er ein ganz anderes Spiel?Im Leben bekommt man nicht das, was man verdient, sondern das, was man verhandelt – und Sappna ist fest entschlossen, es allen zu zeigen.Ein zauberhafter Roman vom Autor des oscarprämierten Films »Slumdog Millionaire«, voller unerwarteter Wendungen, der rasante Unterhaltung verspricht.

Guiding Lights

Guiding Lights Author Eric Liu
ISBN-10 9781588364463
Release 2004-12-28
Pages 240
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We all need people to help us find the way. In this stirring new book, acclaimed author and educator Eric Liu takes us on a quest for those guiding lights. He shares invaluable lessons from people whose “classrooms” are boardrooms, arenas, concert halls, theaters, kitchens, and places of worship–and in the process, he reveals a surprising path to purpose. As he entered fatherhood and a phase of changing ambitions, Eric Liu set out in search of great mentors. He found much more. He encountered people from all walks of life, from all across the country, with something powerful to pass on about how to change lives. Among those Liu portrays in vivid and fascinating narratives are one of Hollywood’s finest acting teachers, who turns a middling young actress into a project for transformation; an esteemed major league pitching coach, haunted by the players he’s let down; a rising executive whose eye for untapped talent allows her to rescue a floundering employee; a master clown whose workshop teaches a husband-and-wife team to revamp their relationship, onstage and off; a high school debate coach whose protégée falters at the pinnacle, and thus finds triumph; and a gangland priest who has saved many and yet still must confront the limits of his power to heal. In these pages are remarkable stories of apprenticeship–of failure, hope, and discovery. These are stories of men and women who learned to hear the sound of other people’s voices and, in so doing, found their own way to a better and fuller life. As Eric Liu reminds us, these are our stories. Lyrical and accessible, Guiding Lights is a course to benefit any reader, a superb work of narrative nonfiction, and an exciting departure for its accomplished author. This book will change how we live, lead, learn, and love. Pass it on. From the Hardcover edition.

Chinese Armed Forces in the 21st Century

Chinese Armed Forces in the 21st Century Author
ISBN-10 0756710022
Release 2001-05
Pages 344
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Examines the armed forces of the People's Republic of China & how they will evolve. Includes papers prepared for the 8th in a series of conferences on the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Papers include: geographic ruminations; the Chinese military & the peripheral states in the 21st cent.; PLA capabilities in the 21st cent.: how does China assess its future security needs?; advanced military technology & the PLA: priorities & capabilities for the 21st cent.; U.S.-Chinese military relations in the 21st cent.; Taiwan's military in the 21st cent.: redefinition & reorganization; Taiwan's military: a view from afar; & the political angle -- new phenomena in Party-Army relations.

The Accidental Theorist And Other Dispatches from the Dismal Science

The Accidental Theorist  And Other Dispatches from the Dismal Science Author Paul Krugman
ISBN-10 0393071111
Release 2010-02-18
Pages 204
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"Everything Mr. Krugman has to say is smart, important and even fun to read . . . he is one of a handful of very bright, relatively young economists who do everything well." — Peter Passell, New York Times Book Review In this wonderfully cohesive set of sharp and witty essays, Paul Krugman tackles bad economic ideas from across the political spectrum. In plain English, he enlightens us on the Asian crisis, corporate downsizing, and the globalization of the American economy, among other topics. The writing here brilliantly combines the acerbic style and clever analysis that has made Krugman famous. Imagine declaring New York its own country and you get a better picture of our trade balance with China and Hong Kong. Try reducing the economy to the production of hot dogs and buns and you’ll understand why common beliefs about the impact of production efficiency on labor demand are wrong. This is a collection that will amuse, provoke, and enlighten, in classic Paul Krugman style. "[Paul Krugman] writes better than any economist since John Maynard Keynes." — Rob Norton, Fortune "[Paul Krugman is] probably the most creative economist of his generation." — The Economist Winner of the John Bates Clark Medal

The Accidental Feminist

The Accidental Feminist Author Toby Molenaar
ISBN-10 9781628724110
Release 2014-05-06
Pages 384
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This is the story of an independent woman who is a model for our time—photographer Toby Molenaar. It begins in Holland during World War II, when her country is decimated by the occupying German army and she is literally left to starve. As a little girl, she learns to be self-sufficient—survival is the order of the day. After the war, she finds love in Switzerland, marries, and starts a family. Her perfect life soon unravels however, when she meets the irresistible writer Fred Grunfeld, a foreign correspondent for Time, Life, and other magazines, and the new couple settles in Mallorca. Fred takes her along on his travels covering the world for various publications, from Alaska to Argentina, India, and China. Reinventing herself yet again, Toby learns her new trade as a photographer and becomes an eminent photojournalist. When Husband Number Two leaves and her life in Mallorca evaporates, she is ready to carry on, taking on her own international assignments—until Husband Number Three enters the picture, in France, and a new child is born. Courage, indomitable spirit, an open mind, and accountability only to herself are the stuff of this fascinating and inspirational story.