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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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Transpacific Articulations

Chih-Ming Wang

University of Hawai'i Press

This introductory chapter supplies the background context for the study, as well as its limitations. It largely concerns the history and culture of foreign students studying in the United States, with particular emphasis on the political activism of Chinese students in the United States and their writings about America from the late nineteenth century to the present. These provide important insights into the transnational making of Asian America. The chapter also defines the term “Asian American”—which will be used throughout the book—to hold together the multiple desires and contrapuntal positions that the foreign student embodies in the transpacific flows of knowledge, capital, identity, and politics. By foregrounding the foreign student as an instance of the Asian American subject, the chapter attempts to identify a transpacific coming together that is based on discrepant relations structured upon Western domination over Asia.

Keywords:   foreign students, overseas student, student writing, Asian American, transpacific coming together, political activism, Chinese students

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