Undercover Asian by Leilani NishimeUndercover Asian by Leilani Nishime

Undercover Asian

byLeilani Nishime

Hardcover | January 30, 2014

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In this first book-length study of media images of multiracial Asian Americans, Leilani Nishime traces the codes that alternatively enable and prevent audiences from recognizing the multiracial status of Asian Americans. Nishime's perceptive readings of popular media--movies, television shows, magazine articles, and artwork--indicate how and why the viewing public often fails to identify multiracial Asian Americans. Using actor Keanu Reeves and the Matrix trilogy, golfer Tiger Woods as examples, Nishime suggests that this failure is tied to gender, sexuality, and post-racial politics. Also considering alternative images such as reality TV star Kimora Lee Simmons, the television show Battlestar Galactica, and the artwork of Kip Fulbeck, this incisive study offers nuanced interpretations that open the door to a new and productive understanding of race in America.

Leilani Nishime is an assistant professor of communications at the University of Washington and the coeditor of East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture.
Title:Undercover AsianFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:January 30, 2014Publisher:University of Illinois PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:025203807X

ISBN - 13:9780252038075


Editorial Reviews

"Nishime makes a compelling argument for productive possibilities in the way that we understand multiracial bodies and narratives. This fascinating, elegant book provides a model for doing this kind of analysis and creating new narratives so that these possibilities may one day be realized."--Feminist Media Studies