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Economic Citizens: A Narrative of Asian American Visibility

Christine So

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ISBN 10: 1592135846 / ISBN 13: 9781592135844
Published by Temple University Press, 2007
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Title: Economic Citizens: A Narrative of Asian ...

Publisher: Temple University Press

Publication Date: 2007

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Economic Citizens argues that Asians have been traditionally imagined as the threat of capitalism gone awry and demonstrates that the logic of economic exchange has been an overlooked but critical means for Asian Americans to negotiate political and cultural equivalence.

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In the past fifty years, according to Christine So, the narratives of many popular Asian American books have been dominated by economic questions -- what money can buy, how money is lost, how money is circulated, and what labor or objects are worth.  Focusing on books that have achieved mainstream popularity, Economic Citizens shows that while Asian Americans have been excluded from the larger national body -- in fact, prohibited from circulation -- Asian American books that emphasize economic and social exchange circulate widely.

With penetrating insight, So examines literary works that have been successful in the U.S. marketplace but have been read previously by critics largely as narratives of alienation or assimilation, including Fifth Chinese Daughter, Flower Drum Song, Falling Leaves and Turning Japanese.  In contrast to other studies that have focused on the invisibility of Asian Americans, Economic Citizens examines how Asian Americans have entered into the public sphere.

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