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positions (2013) 21 (1): 11–49.
Published: 01 February 2013
.... Such critical interventions have succeeded in calling into question the seeming immutability of “black-and-white” racial distinctions, which most scholars have conventionally understood as the most important justificatory and operational logic of colonial rule. However, when viewed from a historical perspective...
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positions (2019) 27 (1): 33–65.
Published: 01 February 2019
..., but the crucial pivot around which this hostility can be better understood is the question of race. What happens when we racialize area studies—that is, to investigate the racial unconscious of area studies—where the “area” as such has been turned into a fetish, with its attendant racial, gender, and libidinal...
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positions (2021) 29 (1): 67–91.
Published: 01 February 2021
... relations of her time. Racial Slurs and Whispers in Situated Testimonies of Dutch Imperial Fiction Laurie J. Sears It was awful for Aunt Christian to see [the Indies Native] Waginem sit down on a chair and put the fair [infant] Kitty to her big brown breast. Aunt Sophie was there every time to clean...
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positions (2021) 29 (2): 347–372.
Published: 01 May 2021
...Derek J. Kramer Abstract This article examines how Anglo‐American evangelicals in colonial Korea employed racialized understandings of the environment to justify a culture of recreation and health. In the metropole and periphery, missionary researchers studying climate, geography, and public health...
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positions (2011) 19 (2): 421–437.
Published: 01 May 2011
.... Filipino-American social invisibility emerges from the culture of U.S. imperialism, specifically the historical legacies of colonialism and the racial ideology of orientalism that shut them out from the social processes producing institutional knowledge about race. Consequently, Filipino Americans...
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positions (2012) 20 (4): 1067–1093.
Published: 01 November 2012
... of the modern girl character. The title Chijin no ai references the Japanese title of the US film A Fool There Was (1915), starring Theda Bara as the prototypical vamp. In a US context, the vamp character embodies not only the threat of the sexual woman but also anxieties surrounding racial mixing. In importing...
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positions (2012) 20 (3): 763–792.
Published: 01 August 2012
... and Hmong studies, the Hmong lead actor from Gran Torino , and a Hmong PhD student in English. With special attention to how regimes of gender and sexuality manifest racial and ethnic hierarchy, the piece asks questions about the consequences of hypervisibility for Hmong Americans who have been chronically...
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positions (2016) 24 (1): 303–332.
Published: 01 February 2016
... notions of race, nationality, and skin color in the context of egg donation. In contrast to dominant assumptions that intended parents primarily seek donors who match their own racial/ethnic backgrounds, most commissioning parents in this study sought Indian egg donors with darker skin tones. This article...
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positions (2023) 31 (1): 91–116.
Published: 01 February 2023
... encounters, this article attempts to untangle a story of how some people in Asia went from resembling a wild and uncontainable threat to a form of brownness that became necessary for the reproduction of the Global North. As the last “color” term to be used by racial scientists, “brownness” has delineated...
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positions (2019) 27 (2): 297–332.
Published: 01 May 2019
...: geopolitical relations between Singapore and its regional neighbors; legal relations between Singaporean citizens and temporary nonresidents from these neighboring countries working in Singapore’s low-wage labor industries; and racialized relations between Singapore’s Chinese majority and the South...
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positions (2015) 23 (1): 121–129.
Published: 01 February 2015
...Tani Barlow This essay raises for discussion complicated issues of political community, political action, racial identification, and moral panic. Barlow's commentary on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) controversy asks why identification with brutal images seems to lead no further...
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positions (2015) 23 (4): 665–694.
Published: 01 November 2015
... empire. It examines the array of cross-racial identifications operant in his Korean War trilogy— Korean Love Songs, Rites and Witnesses , and The Useless Servants —which attach variously to Japanese and Korean civilians as well as to North Korean and Chinese soldiers. In so doing, this article shows how...
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positions (2016) 24 (1): 231–252.
Published: 01 February 2016
...! , filmmaker and scholar Nguyen Tan Hoang gathers the ways in which Asian men use online gay cruising sites such as grindr to play with the visibility of their racial identity in relation to the sexual practices and partners they desire. This article explores how Asian/American men use the Internet to register...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 183–193.
Published: 01 February 2012
... for a queer Marxism within Asian studies. The journal enabled scholars to bring together questions of desire with critiques of capitalism and of racialized geopolitics. Copyright 2012 by Duke University Press 2012 Queer positions, Queering Asian Studies Lisa Rofel The breakthrough...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 211–239.
Published: 01 February 2012
... to be analyzed historically as well as opened up through a continuous rethinking of Asia and the racialized relationship among nationality, state, and international orders. Copyright 2012 by Duke University Press 2012 Asian Boundaries, Documentary Regimes, and the Political Economy of the Personal Tina...
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positions (2012) 20 (4): 1041–1066.
Published: 01 November 2012
... repudiated his racialized body as signifying Oriental perfidy. The consequential trauma then provoked the desire for Oriental purity and drove him toward imaginary identification with the putative original nation. The subject fulfilled desire and drive by fetishizing the Confucian junzi identity. I trace how...
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positions (2014) 22 (1): 131–159.
Published: 01 February 2014
... racialization” in both elite and popular imaginations of modern femininity. While those who want to project an image of being modern are eager to conform to a white ideal of beauty, they fixate their contrastive other in a fragmentary image of blackness. The realization of this logic is partly achieved through...
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positions (2009) 17 (3): 655–682.
Published: 01 August 2009
... and as a transnational racialized surrogate labor in the U.S. war in Vietnam. The essay first examines the ways in which military labor is elevated into military service/duty by a complex of (supra)ideological causes such as ethnonationalism, masculinism, racism, and transnational anticommunism. By delinking...
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positions (2010) 18 (1): 89–143.
Published: 01 February 2010
.... This disconnect arises from the Dalai Lama's self-orientalizing approach to “race” and racial oppression, within which the peoples and interests of the West are valorized and those of the developing world subordinated. That, in turn, is a function not only of Western state and popular patronage, but also...
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positions (2011) 19 (1): 109–131.
Published: 01 February 2011
... binary in south Korea), and Cold War racial hierarchies. Linking the trajectory of Ch'oe's work from the early 1960s to the early 1970s to late-colonial-period discourse on imperialization and immediate postliberation collaboration confessionals, this article examines the reworking of pan-Asianism...