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Race, Rights, and the Asian American Experience

Race, Rights, and the Asian American Experience: Race, Rights, and the Asian American Experience, second edition

Copyright Date: 2006
Edition: 2
Published by: Rutgers University Press
Pages: 232
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    Race, Rights, and the Asian American Experience
    Book Description:

    InRace, Rights, and the Asian American Experience, Angelo N. Ancheta demonstrates how United States civil rights laws have been framed by a black-white model of race that typically ignores the experiences of other groups, including Asian Americans. When racial discourse is limited to antagonisms between black and white, Asian Americans often find themselves in a racial limbo, marginalized or unrecognized as full participants.Ancheta examines legal and social theories of racial discrimination, ethnic differences in the Asian American population, nativism, citizenship, language, school desegregation, and affirmative action. In the revised edition of this influential book, Ancheta also covers post-9/11 anti-Asian sentiment and racial profiling. He analyzes recent legal cases involving political empowerment, language rights, human trafficking, immigrant rights, and affirmative action in higher education-many of which move the country farther away from the ideals of racial justice. On a more positive note, he reports on the progress Asian Americans have made in the corporate sector, politics, the military, entertainment, and academia.A skillful mixture of legal theories, court cases, historical events, and personal insights, this revised edition brings fresh insights to U.S. civil rights from an Asian American perspective.

    eISBN: 978-0-8135-4007-8
    Subjects: Psychology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. List of Tables
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. Preface to the Second Edition
    (pp. xi-xii)
  5. Preface to the First Edition
    (pp. xiii-xvi)
  6. A Note on Terms
    (pp. xvii-xx)
  7. Introduction: Neither Black nor White
    (pp. 1-18)

    In his 1989 feature filmDo the Right Thing, filmmaker Spike Lee explores urban race relations by tracing the interplay of a set of characters during a sweltering day in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York. Lee’s film tracks the life of a neighborhood during a twenty-four-hour span, punctuated by interracial tensions that culminate in violence and rioting.

    A climactic scene near the end of the film features the movement of an angry mob outraged by the killing of a black youth by white police officers. The crowd’s rage is turned on Sal’s Famous Pizzeria, a neighborhood restaurant owned...

  8. Chapter 1 Legacies of Discrimination
    (pp. 19-41)

    The year 1965 is a landmark in both the history of civil rights and the history of Asian Americans. In 1965, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act, a statute designed to protect the most basic political right—the right to vote—and to eliminate racial discrimination in the electoral process. The act is responsible for eliminating state and local barriers to voting, and has encouraged the registration and participation of millions of voters. The passage of the Voting Rights Act came on the tails of Congress’s passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the most sweeping civil rights legislation...

  9. Chapter 2 Discrimination and Antidiscrimination Law
    (pp. 42-60)

    “What are you?” A broad question, but one that I occasionally encounter when meeting someone for the first time. The inquiry is about ethnicity and race, and my usual answer is “Filipino,” which typically provokes an assenting nod or a look of mild surprise and an “Oh, really.” In response I sometimes ask, “What did you think I was?” The reply varies, depending on where I am and who the person is. When someone knows that I have worked with Asian American community organizations, the response has been “Well, some kind of Asian, but I wasn’t exactly sure.” When I...

  10. Chapter 3 Looking Like the Enemy
    (pp. 61-83)

    As a law student at UCLA in the early 1980s, I met Fred Korematsu when he and three of his lawyers—Peter Irons, Dale Minami, and Donald Tamaki—were speaking on campus to discuss the litigation to overturn his conviction for violating the Japanese American exclusion orders during World War II. New evidence had been uncovered to show that the federal government had suppressed crucial information in the 1940s before the trial court and ultimately the United States Supreme Court. His case was one of the threecoram nobiscases, as they had come to be known, which were attempts...

  11. Chapter 4 Race, Immigration, and Citizenship
    (pp. 84-105)

    In 1994, I delivered a speech in Los Angeles at the Day of Remembrance, an annual event that commemorates the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. The theme of that year’s Day of Remembrance was “Our Immigrant Heritage: A Struggle for Justice.” I began my remarks with the following story:

    Sixty-five years ago, a young man named Anselmo left his home in the Philippines to come to the United States and find his fortune. Like many young men of his day, he came to this country to attend college—to become a designer, an artist, perhaps even an...

  12. Chapter 5 Language and Legal Conformity
    (pp. 106-128)

    In 1970, Kinney Kinmon Lau was one of nearly 3,000 Chinese American students attending public school in San Francisco who spoke little or no English. Many of these students were recent immigrants, but most were U.S.-born children who had been educated in schools that had been racially segregated for decades. Despite efforts by parents and community activists urging the San Francisco Unified School District to implement programs to assist the students with English, the school district replied with only minimal effort. The district provided no assistance to nearly 1,800 of the students and less than an hour of daily instruction...

  13. Chapter 6 Race and Identity
    (pp. 129-149)

    In his bookMaking and Remaking Asian America through Immigration Policy, Bill Ong Hing offers insights into the complexities of the Asian American experience by presenting a sampling of comments on Asian American identity. Here are some of those comments:

    I think of myself as Vietnamese. Sometimes I think of myself as Vietnamese American. I never think of myself as Asian American…. I check the box Asian American in all my forms (employment, etc.), but that’s because they don’t have a Vietnamese American box. (Vietnam-born man, age 50, entered as refugee at age 38)

    I think of myself as Asian...

  14. Chapter 7 Law and Racial Hierarchy
    (pp. 150-171)

    San Francisco’s Lowell High School is one of the leading academic high schools in the United States. Selected through a competitive admissions process, the students at Lowell are high achievers. Almost all go on to attend institutions of higher learning, including some of the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities. Generations of San Franciscans who have graduated from Lowell High School have gone on to excel in business, the sciences, the arts, and the professions.

    As a public school within the San Francisco Unified School District, Lowell High School has been subject to a consent decree that grew out of...

  15. Conclusion
    (pp. 172-174)

    Derrick Bell has offered the disquieting but apt observation that “racism is an integral, permanent, and indestructible component of this society.”¹ Contemporary discourse and public policy making regarding race suggest that racial subordination will continue to be an intractable problem, shaping the lives of all Americans, including Asian Americans. But the proposition that racism is a permanent fixture in American life should not imply that racial justice is an impossibility, nor should it imply that the law cannot promote racial equality. Law can make a difference, but the problem of racism is much wider and much deeper than many of...

  16. Notes
    (pp. 175-194)
  17. Selected Bibliography
    (pp. 195-200)
  18. Table of Cases Cited in the Text
    (pp. 201-202)
  19. Index
    (pp. 203-208)
  20. Back Matter
    (pp. 209-210)