Thinking Orientals: Migration, Contact, and Exoticism in Modern America

Paperback | April 15, 2002

byHenry Yu

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Thinking Orientals is a groundbreaking study of Asian Americans and the racial formation of twentieth-century American society. It reveals the influential role Asian Americans played in constructing the understandings of Asian American identity. It examines the unique role played bysociologists, particularly sociologists at the University of Chicago, in the study of the "Oriental Problem" before World War II and also analyzes the internment of Japanese Americans during the war and the subsequent "model minority" profile.

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Thinking Orientals is a groundbreaking study of Asian Americans and the racial formation of twentieth-century American society. It reveals the influential role Asian Americans played in constructing the understandings of Asian American identity. It examines the unique role played bysociologists, particularly sociologists at the Univers...

Henry Yu is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 5.98 × 9.21 × 0.79 inPublished:April 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

First Movement--Coming to the West: Constructing the Oriental Problem1. Professions of Faith: Missionaries, Sociologists, and the Survey of Race Relations, 1924-19262. Thinking about Orientals: Chicago Sociologists and the Oriental Problem3. Orientalism and the Mapping of Race4. The Survey's EndSecond Movement--Coming to Chicago: Asian Americans and the Oriental Problem5. Wanted: Interpreters and Informants, Orientals Please Apply6. Language of Hope: The Oriental as Marginal Man7. Language of Discontent: Using the Stranger's PerspectiveRetracings--Coming to America: The Oriental as an Intellectual/Object8. Performers on Stage9. American Orientalism as a Theory of Race, Space, and Identity10. Epilogue: Legacies and DescendantsAn Epitaph

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"Dominating stereotypes have humble origins as explanations. This is a revealing history on how we in the United States have come to think the way we do on 'Orientals,' assimilation, and whiteness."-John Kuo Wei Tchen, A/P/A Studies, New York University