Economic Citizens: A Narrative of Asian American Visibility

Economic Citizens: A Narrative of Asian American Visibility

by Christine So

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In the past fifty years, according to Christine So, the narratives of many popular Asian American books have been dominated by economic questions-what money can buy, how money is lost, how money is circulated, and what labor or objects are worth. Focusing on books that have achieved mainstream popularity, Economic Citizens unveils the logic of economic exchange that determined Asian Americans’ transnational migrations and national belonging.

With penetrating insight, So examines literary works that have been successful in the U.S. marketplace but have been read previously by critics largely as narratives of alienation or assimilation, including Fifth Chinese Daughter, Flower Drum Song, Falling Leaves and Turning Japanese. In contrast to other studies that have focused on the marginalization of Asian Americans, Economic Citizens examines how Asian Americans have entered into the public sphere.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592135868
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 03/14/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 198 KB

About the Author

Christine So is Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University.

Table of Contents

1. The Promise of Exchange: Production, Circulation, and Consumption within Chinatown Ethnographies 
2. The Universality of Exchange: Japanese American Travel Narratives and the Emergence of the Global Citizen 
3. The Embodiment of Exchange: Asian Mail-Order Brides, the Threat of Global Capitalism, and the Rescue of the U.S. Nation-State 
4. The Logic of Exchange: Ordering the Chaos of Twentieth-Century Chinese Women’s History 

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