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Transpacific ArticulationsStudent Migration and the Remaking of Asian America$
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Chih-Ming Wang

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836429

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836429.001.0001

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(p.134) Conclusion
Transpacific Articulations

Chih-Ming Wang

University of Hawai'i Press

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.

Keywords:   Asian American identity, diaspora, transpacific movement, Asian American, foreign students, university

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