This concluding chapter remarks on the unstable categorization of the “Asian American” due to its transnational and multidirectional linkages. The Asian American identity possesses multivalent and discrepant articulations of the transpacific movement that bring together different subjects, identities, and desire that cohabit the transnational cultural political space that this book has called “Asia/America.” These traits create difficulties in theorizing the Asian American identity as a whole—difficulties further compounded by the dangers of diaspora giving way to divisive politics and ethnic absolutism. Yet the chapter argues that it is this diasporic etymology that enables us to better locate the foreign students and their overseas experiences in the Asian/American nexus, particularly in the site of the university, which is at once national and transnational.
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