Margins and Mainstreams: Asians in American History and Culture

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University of Washington Press, Jan 1, 1994 - History - 203 pages
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In a thoughtful and stimulating contribution to the current debate about the meaning to the larger society of multiculturalism, Gary Okihiro explores the significance of Asian Americans in American history and culture. In six provocative and engaging essays he examines the Asian American experience from the perspective of historical consciousness, race, gender, class, and culture. Much talk these days revolves around the idea of the mainstream, about the core of American history and culture, and about the dangers of straying from the original formulations that have made this country great. Pluralism, and diversity, many argue, only serve to divide and fracture the nation. The core, rooted in Western civilization and the canon of "great books," must be recovered and preserved, and those on the margins, most notably racial minorities, must be absorbed into the mainstream. Or so the argument goes.

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A great experimental work that suggests new avenues of study for understanding the Asian American experience. Read full review


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