The Racialization of South Asian Americans in a Post-9/11 Era

Authored by: Binaya Subedi

Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education

Print publication date:  March  2013
Online publication date:  September  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415899956
eBook ISBN: 9780203155721
Adobe ISBN: 9781136581410


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Educational scholars argue that there is a larger need to scrutinize the foundational thinking that positions Asian Americans as the Other: as subjects who do not have claims to national citizenship because of their Other status (Coloma, 2006; Rhee, 2006; Subedi, 2008). Historical and contemporary constructions of Asian Americans as being the Other (exotic, foreign, deviant, etc.) have functioned to racialize Asian American bodies. Omi and Winant (1994) argue that conceptions of race have shifted over time, since “racial categories are created, inhabited, transformed and destroyed” (p. 55). As Palumbo-Liu (1999) demonstrates, scientific racism, racist immigrant laws, and various kinds of political/economic thinking have historically shaped “particular understanding and imagining of the racial Asian/American body and psyche, and the ways Asian Americans might occupy, or should occupy, a particular place in America” (p. 7).

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