Asian Canadian Studies Reader
Roland Sintos Coloma and Gordon Pon’s Asian Canadian Studies Reader brings together essential writings by leading and emerging scholars in the field to explore the vibrancy of the diverse Asian diaspora in Canada. The Reader is the perfect textbook for undergraduate courses in Race and Ethnic Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Migration and Diaspora Studies.
The volume is organized into four main themes: ethnic, intersectional, comparative, and transnational encounters. It critically engages topics regarding orientalism, settler colonialism, globalization, and nationalism. Each groundbreaking essay challenges our conventional understandings of diversity and multiculturalism by tackling the intricacies of racism and racialization. By capturing the rich diversity within Asian Canadian communities, Coloma and Pon dispel the perceptions of Asians as always immigrants, newcomers, or model minorities. The Asian Canadian Studies Reader is the first interdisciplinary collection of essays intended for undergraduate use about Canada’s largest racialized minority group.
- Series: Asian Canadian Studies
- World Rights
- Page Count: 408 pages
- Dimensions: 7.0in x 1.0in x 10.0in
"Despite several systemic and political barriers that the editors rightly identify as obstacles to the field’s institutionalization, a rigorous body of scholarship on Asians in Canada has flourished in the past two decades, as evidenced by the rich collection of essays assembled here."
Canadian Literature No. 235
"The great number of topics covered by the contributors and the disciplinary heterogeneity of the articles make this carefully edited volume an excellent textbook for a university course on the subject and, at the very least, a useful guide providing supplementary reading for researchers and teachers who wish to focus on one discipline only or on a more specified topic."
Brigitte Johanna Glaser
Association of Canadian Studies in German Speaking Countries - ZKS 2020 ed.
"The Asian Canadian Studies Reader offers a creatively imagined and capaciously mapped set of essays that provide a panoramic and exhaustive survey of the issues and problems that this new field of Asian Canadian Studies encompasses. As an inaugural and field-setting collection, the Reader not only provides a roadmap but also a projective, aspirational tone by which to provoke, inspire and induce further research and intellectual forays. This is a one-of-a-kind, truly historic volume that initiates and inducts the study of Asian in Canada into new and exciting paths and frameworks."
Martin F. Manalansan IV, Departments of Anthropology and Asian American Studies, University of Illinois
"This volume is absolutely critical given the current dearth of comprehensive literature on Asian Canadian studies and I highly recommend it. The Reader provides a cohesive and interdisciplinary introduction to many of the key issues and themes and will prove a solid building block for instruction and future research on Asian Canadian topics. I see it as a critical lynch pin in developing the Asian Canadian studies network as well as fostering serious engagement amongst undergraduate students with the history and issues that have shaped the Asian experience in Canada."
Laura Madokoro, Department of History and Classical Studies, McGill University
Author InformationRoland Sintos Coloma is a professor and chair in the Department of Teacher Education at Northern Kentucky University.
Gordon Pon is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Ryerson University.
Table of contents
Ch 1 Gordon Pon, Roland Sintos Coloma, Laura Kwak, and Kenneth Huynh – Asian Canadian Studies Now: Directions and Challenges
PART I: Encountering Asian Canada
Ch 2 Sunera Thobani – Nationals, Citizens, and Others
Ch 3 Peter S. Li – The Racial Subtext in Canada’s Immigration Discourse
Ch 4 Sherene Razack – The Muslims are Coming: The ‘Sharia Debate’ in Canada
Ch 5 Richard Fung – Looking for My Penis: The Eroticized Asian in Gay Video Porn
PART II: Ethnic Encounters
Ch 6 Mona Oikawa – Cartographies of Violence: Creating Carceral Spaces and Expelling Japanese Canadians from the Nation
Ch 7 Alice Ming Wai Jim – Redress Express: Chinese Restaurants and the Head Tax Issue in Canadian Art
Ch 8 Geraldine Pratt – Between Homes: Displacement and Belonging for Second-Generation Filipino-Canadian Youths
PART III: Intersectional Encounters
Ch 9 Himani Bannerji – The Paradox of Diversity: The Construction of a Multicultural Canada and ‘Women of Color’
Ch 10 Roxana Ng – ‘A Woman Out of Control’: Deconstructing Sexism and Racism in the University
Ch 11 Yasmin Jiwani – Orientalizing War Talk: Representations of the Gendered
Muslim Body Post 9-11 in The Montreal Gazette
PART IV: Comparative Encounters
Ch 12 Rita Wong – Decolonizasian: Reading Asian and First Nations Relations in Literature
Ch 13 Daiva K. Stasiulis and Abigail B. Bakan – Marginalized and Dissident Non-Citizens: Foreign Domestic Workers
Ch 14 Eric Fong – Residential Segregation of Visible Minority Groups in Toronto
PART V: Transnational Encounters
Ch 15 Lily Cho – Sweet and Sour: Historical Presence and Diasporic Agency
Ch 16 Roy Miki – Altered States: Global Currents, the Spectral Nation, and the Production of ‘Asian Canadian’
Ch 17 Sedef Arat-Koç – Whose Transnationalism?: Canada, ‘Clash of Civilizations’ Discourse, and Arab and Muslim Canadians
Part VI: After Encounters
Ch 18 Henry Yu – Global Migrants and the New Pacific Canada
Ch 19 Laura J. Kwak – Asian Canada: Undone
Ch 20 Roland Sintos Coloma – ‘Too Asian?’: On Racism, Paradox, and Ethno-nationalism
PrizesCSN-REC prize for the Best Edited Collection awarded by the Canadian Studies Network - Winner in 2019
Subjects and Courses