This trio of books turns our attention toward Asian American studies as a field that remains deeply concerned with processes of form and legibility. Each of these studies examines race as a shifting process of discursive and embodied arrangement, actively theorized and complicated in the wide array of cultural works that these authors highlight. In many areas of study, including the three represented here of literature, cultural studies, and performance studies, critics are shaping increasingly supple methodologies as they attend to processes of formation as much as excavations of form. Ju Yon Kim’s elegant expression of the “racial mundane” as a “theoretical elasticity . . . meant to accommodate, rather than elide, the nuances that should follow any effort to conceptualize Asian American racial formation” articulates not only the specificity of Kim’s own methodological process but a shared will to critical fluidity...

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