publication . Doctoral thesis . 2015

Figuring Futures: Early Asian American Mixed-Race Literature

Poulsen, Melissa Eriko;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2015
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
This dissertation examines figurations of Asian mixed race during the long period of Asian exclusion and enforced anti-miscegenation in the United States, when racial mixing was legally proscribed. During this time of U.S. expansion into Asia, and of unprecedented Asian immigration into the United States, such proscription helped maintain normative white identity while rendering the Asian American mixed-race body illegible, making cultural production one of the few sites where Asian American mixed race could be imagined. There, a defining feature of these figures was their consistent use in projecting potential U.S. futures; Asian mixed-race figures were used to...
free text keywords: Literature, Asian American studies, Ethnic studies, American Orientalism, Asian American mixed-race literature, critical mixed race studies, mixed race literature, twentieth century literature
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