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17:30 - 19:00 6 June 2016
Overrepresented: Asian Americans in the age of affirmative action
Rooom B.15 |
access via Malet Place | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom
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Dr Ellen Wu, Director Asian American Studies program, Indiana University, Bloomington
This talk places Asian Americans at the center of the intersecting histories of race-making and policy-making in the late-twentieth century United States. Contemporaries saw Asian Americans as an 'overrepresented' (as opposed to 'underrepresented') minority in a double sense: first, as an economically privileged minority racial group that did not need new rights and programs to guarantee equal opportunity, and second, as too successful and therefore a threat to whites.
How and why did this racial logic gain traction, and what were its consequences? The presentation will share preliminary findings as a new way to think about the fundamental importance of Asian Americans and Asia to the recalibration of the nation’s racial order and political alignments in the post-civil rights era.
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