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A Race So Different: Performance and Law in Asian America

Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson


Taking a performance studies approach to understanding Asian American racial subjectivity, this book argues that the law influences racial formation by compelling Asian Americans to embody and perform recognizable identities in both popular aesthetic forms (such as theater, opera, or rock music) and in the rituals of everyday life. Tracing the production of Asian American selfhood from the era of Asian Exclusion through the Global War on Terror, the book explores the legal paradox whereby US law apprehends the Asian American body as simultaneously excluded from and included within the national ... More

Keywords: Asian Americans, Global War on Terror, Asian American performance, racialization, U.S. law, Asian Exclusion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814738399
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814738399.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson, author