Intersections and DivergencesEdited by Linda Trinh Võ, and Rick Bonus
Once thought of in terms of geographically bounded spaces, Asian America has undergone profound changes as a result of post-1965 immigration as well as the growth and reshaping of established communities. This collection of original essays demonstrates that conventional notions of community, of ethnic enclaves determined by exclusion and ghettoization, now have limited use in explaining the dynamic processes of contemporary community formation.
Writing from a variety of perspectives, these contributors expand the concept of community to include sites not necessarily bounded by space; formations around gender, class, sexuality, and generation reveal new processes as well as the demographic diversity of today's Asian American population. The case studies gathered here speak to the fluidity of these communities and to the need for new analytic approaches to account for the similarities and differences between them. Taken together, these essays forcefully argue that it is time to replace the outworn concept of a monolithic Asian America.
"Linda Võ and Rick Bonus identify the importance of 'everyday spaces' as critical sites for understanding changes occurring in Asian Pacific American communities. Essays in this book cover a wide range of topics, including youth, ethnically diverse populations, professional sectors, gays and lesbians, the urban poor, and multiracial communities. The editors stimulate and provoke new thinking about the ways that our communities are responding to developments in politics, technology, and cultural production."
—Glenn Omatsu, Associate Editor, Amerasia Journal, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, and co-editor of Asian Americans: The Movement and Moment
"The strength of this book is its emphasis on specific case studies that shed light on concrete dimensions of Asian America, and in this way, Võ and Bonus bring fresh tangibility to the lived experiences of Asian Americans."
—The Journal of American Ethnic History
"The book delivers on its promise to demonstrate the diversity of Asian American culture by offering a veritable fest of material dealing with many aspects of the cultural experiences of Asian Americans."
— Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
"This collection makes for an interesting read and can be useful for undergraduate instruction."
Founded by Sucheng Chan in 1991, the Asian American History and Culture series has sponsored innovative scholarship that has redefined, expanded, and advanced the field of Asian American studies while strengthening its links to related areas of scholarly inquiry and engaged critique. Like the field from which it emerged, the series remains rooted in the social sciences and humanities, encompassing multiple regions, formations, communities, and identities. Extending the vision of founding editor Sucheng Chan and emeriti editor Michael Omi, David Palumbo-Liu, K. Scott Wong and Linda Trinh Võ, series editors Cathy Schlund-Vials, Rick Bonus, and Shelley Sang-Hee Lee continue to develop a foundational collection that embodies a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to Asian American studies.