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Partly Colored: Asian Americans and Racial Anomaly in the Segregated South

Leslie Bow


Arkansas, 1943. The Deep South during the heart of Jim Crow-era segregation. A Japanese-American person boards a bus, and immediately is faced with a dilemma. Not white. Not black. Where to sit? By elucidating the experience of interstitial ethnic groups such as Mexican, Asian, and Native Americans—groups that are held to be neither black nor white—this book explores how the color line accommodated—or refused to accommodate—“other” ethnicities within a binary racial system. Analyzing pre- and post-1954 American literature, film, autobiography, government documents, ethnography, photographs, an ... More

Keywords: Arkansas, Jim Crow-era, segregation, interstitial ethnic groups, color line, binary racial system, U.S. South

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780814791325
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814791325.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leslie Bow, author