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Jigna Desai and Khyati Y. Joshi

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037832

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037832.001.0001

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Discrepancies in Dixie: Asian Americans and the South

Discrepancies in Dixie: Asian Americans and the South

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(p.1) Introduction Discrepancies in Dixie: Asian Americans and the South
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Asian Americans in Dixie
Author(s):

Jigna Desai

Khyati Y. Joshi

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037832.003.0001

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the relationship between the Asian American and the American South. The figure of the Asian American is perceived to be discrepant in and antithetical to the American South. Within the American imaginary, the Asian American as perpetual foreigner and alien is always seen as a recent immigrant, and therefore associated with contemporary times, while the South is perceived as an anachronistic and isolated region. This renders the two—the Asian American and the South—allegedly mutually exclusive and incongruous. In these imaginings, the South remains a space quintessentially American but one steeped in an antebellum era of White supremacy, anti-Black racism, and outdated isolation. In supposed contrast stands the figure of the Asian American who is associated with immigration and borders, globalization, and contemporaneity.

Keywords:   Asian American, American South, American imaginary, White supremacy, anti-Black racism, immigration, contemporaneity

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