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Undercover Asian: Multiracial Asian Americans in Visual Culture

Leilani Nishime


This first book-length study of media images of multiracial Asian Americans, tracing the codes that alternatively enable and prevent audiences from recognizing the multiracial status of Asian Americans. The book's perceptive readings of popular media—movies, television shows, magazine articles, and artwork—indicate how and why the viewing public often fails to identify multiracial Asian Americans. Using actor Keanu Reeves, the Matrix trilogy, and golfer Tiger Woods as examples, the book suggests that this failure is tied to gender, sexuality, and post-racial politics. Also considering alternat ... More

Keywords: multiracial Asian Americans, media images, movies, television shows, magazine articles, artwork, gender, sexuality, post-racial politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038075
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038075.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leilani Nishime, author
University of Washington