Reading Questions for Tues 9/10/13

Make sure to read Ronald Takaki’s “The Centrality of Racism in Asian American History” as well as Sylvia Yanagisako’s response to it for Tues. Be prepared to answer the below questions in class:

  1. According to Takaki’s essay “The Centrality of Racism in Asian American History,” why were Asian immigrants perceived as perpetual strangers while Jewish, Irish, & Italian immigrants could remake themselves as American when they arrived in the US?
  2. Why does Yanagisako argue that there is a “woman problem” when it comes to Asian American history?
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