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Race for Citizenship: Black Orientalism and Asian Uplift from Pre-Emancipation to Neoliberal America

Helen Heran Jun


This book explores how the history of U.S. citizenship has positioned Asian Americans and African Americans in interlocking socio-political relationships since the mid-nineteenth century. Rejecting the conventional emphasis on “inter-racial prejudice,” the book demonstrates how a politics of inclusion has constituted a racial Other within Asian American and African American discourses of national identity. It examines three salient moments when African American and Asian American citizenship become acutely visible as related crises: the “Negro Problem” and the “Yellow Question” in the mid- to ... More

Keywords: U.S. citizenship, Asian Americans, African Americans, racial Other, national identity, World War II, Jim Crow segregation, civil rights, black press, cross-racial identification

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814742976
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814742976.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Heran Jun, author