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Scrutinized!Surveillance in Asian North American Literature$
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Monica Chiu

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838423

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838423.001.0001

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(p.134) Chapter 7 Conclusion

Monica Chiu

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter discusses the persistent policing found in contemporary Asian North American literature, where characters under suspicion possess a heightened awareness of surveillance. It explains how a history of Asian North American surveillance can be framed through the metaphor of detection such as scrutiny, watchfulness, observation, vigilance, and racial profiling. It cites a number of detective novels that pose a host of new and interesting questions about the surveillance of Asian North Americans, including David Guterson's Snow Falling on Cedar, Andrew Xia Fukuda's Crossing, Ed Lin's This Is a Bust, and the graphic narrative Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory. The chapter argues that racial surveillance will not disappear as long as there is racism, which finds fertile ground in our neoliberal state.

Keywords:   surveillance, Asian North American literature, detection, racial profiling, detective novels, Asian North Americans, David Guterson, Andrew Xia Fukudat, Chew, racism

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