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On Alternative Citizenships

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Considering the extent to which Asian American political identities are forged
through multiple exclusions, particularly on the axis of liberal/judicial
citizenship, this paper explores the "alternative citizenships" that arise
through acts of grassroots activism among some Asian communities of North
America.

Drawing from contemporary examples of community activism, this paper explores
how present-day efforts enlist strategies and tactics that are consistent with
earlier generations of Asian migrants to the Americas, dating back to at least
the mid-19th century. These recurring historical and sociological patterns point
to what might be considered an Asian-American radical tradition. At the same
time, however, such community struggles (past and present) challenge the very
terms of Asian American-ness: they emphasize transnationalism over
panethnicity, the legacies of colonialism over racial inequality, and they
often strive toward the goal of transformative justice over liberal citizenship. By exploring these contradicitions, this paper elucidates the terms of alternative citizenship.

Examples will be drawn from present-day community struggles including:
South-Asian Americans organizing against post-9-11 detentions and deportations;
Vietnamese Americans rebuilding the Gulf Coast in Katrina's wake; Southeast
Asian refugees organizing against economic and environmental racism in
America's poorest cities.
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Tang, Eric. "On Alternative Citizenships" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency, Albuquerque, New Mexico, <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p245072_index.html>

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Tang, E. "On Alternative Citizenships" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency, Albuquerque, New Mexico <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p245072_index.html

Publication Type: Invited Paper
Abstract: Considering the extent to which Asian American political identities are forged
through multiple exclusions, particularly on the axis of liberal/judicial
citizenship, this paper explores the "alternative citizenships" that arise
through acts of grassroots activism among some Asian communities of North
America.

Drawing from contemporary examples of community activism, this paper explores
how present-day efforts enlist strategies and tactics that are consistent with
earlier generations of Asian migrants to the Americas, dating back to at least
the mid-19th century. These recurring historical and sociological patterns point
to what might be considered an Asian-American radical tradition. At the same
time, however, such community struggles (past and present) challenge the very
terms of Asian American-ness: they emphasize transnationalism over
panethnicity, the legacies of colonialism over racial inequality, and they
often strive toward the goal of transformative justice over liberal citizenship. By exploring these contradicitions, this paper elucidates the terms of alternative citizenship.

Examples will be drawn from present-day community struggles including:
South-Asian Americans organizing against post-9-11 detentions and deportations;
Vietnamese Americans rebuilding the Gulf Coast in Katrina's wake; Southeast
Asian refugees organizing against economic and environmental racism in
America's poorest cities.


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