A Companion to Asian American Studies
Kent A. Ono
Wiley, Dec 10, 2004 - Social Science - 400 pages
A Companion to Asian American Studies is comprised of 20 previously published essays that have played an important historical role in the conceptualization of Asian American studies as a field.
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Rebuttal to the reviewer claiming little evidence: considering the book is written by an author who has performed extensive research in Asian-American studies at a strong educational institution - Univerity of Illinois, your claim of the lack of evidence is, thus, unfounded. Furthermore, the book is a focus on Asian-American struggles within society, and thus focuses on just that; the examination of struggles between Asian-American groups with other non-Asian-American groups is a whole other research field, and cannot be reason to chastise the author!
The work in this compendium exhibits a remarkable intellectual immaturity. Little evidence is provided to support broad generalizations and the authors essentialize a white America that is diverse, colorful and historically tolerant. The work is hampered by lack of a broader comparative perspective. Their narrow focus skews the authors' perspectives. Comparisons with contemporary developments in other parts of the world - continued hostility to immigration in Japan, Korea and Singapore, and the disenfranchisement of South Asian and European inhabitants of much of Africa - should in the very least lead these authors to re-consider their hostility to the United States and non-Asian ethnic groups.