Asian Canadian Studies Reader

Asian Canadian Studies Reader

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Edited by Roland Sintos Coloma and Gordon Pon
Asian Canadian Studies
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2017
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408 Pages
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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.

Roland 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.


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

Contributors’ Biographies

"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

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