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Organizing While UndocumentedImmigrant Youth's Political Activism under the Law$
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Kevin Escudero

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479803194

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479803194.001.0001

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Asian and Undocumented

Asian and Undocumented

Illuminating a Silenced Past Embedded within Contemporary Narratives

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Organizing While Undocumented

Kevin Escudero

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the case of Asian undocumented youth to explain immigrant youth activists’ efforts to unearth the silenced history of Asian undocumented immigration and to place this history in conversation with current immigration debates. As part of these efforts, activists use storytelling strategies to counteract stereotypes of Asian immigrants as solely high-skilled workers and individuals who have come to the United States to attend college, noting that Asians were and continue to be affected by the issue of undocumented immigration. Asian undocumented activists also strategically draw upon their intersectional identities as both Asian and undocumented individuals in Latinx organizing spaces to work alongside members of a group that is largely invoked in the national imaginary in discussions of undocumented immigration. As part of activists’ efforts to push beyond discussions solely of the need for increased representation of Asian and other non-Latinx undocumented activists, this chapter emphasizes the extensive efforts that Asian and Latinx undocumented organizers have undertaken to employ a broad, multiracial approach to framing undocumented identity.

Keywords:   Asian undocumented immigration, undocumented youth, Asian immigrants, multiracial

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