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The Minor Intimacies of RaceAsian Publics in North America$
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Christine Kim

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040139

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040139.001.0001

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Transnational Triviality

Transnational Triviality

Print and Digital Asian North American Publics

(p.57) Chapter 2 Transnational Triviality
The Minor Intimacies of Race

Christine Kim

University of Illinois Press

This chapter looks at controversial online and print journalistic texts that launched heated debates about the cultural politics of racial representation in postsecondary institutions in Canada and the United States. It studies the nature of the publics produced by Stephanie Findlay and Nicholas Kohler's “Too Asian?” article (2010) and Alexandra Wallace's “Asians in the Library” YouTube video (2011). By reading the influx of Asian students akin to an invasion of postsecondary institutions, Findlay, Kohler, and Wallace rework the language of Yellow Peril and other kinds of Orientalist imagery within Canadian and American contexts. The circulation of these shared Orientalist representations throughout Canada and the United States illustrates the transnational nature of dominant social imaginations bound together by common anxieties about the Asian despite the significant differences in the national histories of higher education in Canada and the United States.

Keywords:   racial representation, postsecondary institutions, Asian students, Yellow Peril, Orientalist imagery

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