Extending the understanding of race and ethnicity in the South beyond the prism of black-white relations, this interdisciplinary collection explores the growth, impact, and significance of rapidly growing Asian American populations in the American South. Avoiding the usual focus on the East and West Coasts, several essays attend to the nuanced ways in which Asian Americans negotiate the dominant black and white racial binary, while others provoke readers to reconsider the supposed cultural isolation of the region, reintroducing the South within a historical web of global networks across the Caribbean, Pacific, and Atlantic. Contributors are Vivek Bald, Leslie Bow, Amy Brandzel, Daniel Bronstein, Jigna Desai, Jennifer Ho, Khyati Y. Joshi, ChangHwan Kim, Marguerite Nguyen, Purvi Shah, Arthur Sakamoto, Jasmine Tang, Isao Takei, and Roy Vu.
Part I. Disrupting Race and Place
Chapter 1. Selling the East in the American South
Chapter 2. Racial Interstitiality and the Anxieties of the "Partly Colored"
Chapter 3. Racism without Recognition
Part II. Community Formation and Profiles
Chapter 4. Segregation, Exclusion, and the Chinese Communities in Georgia, 1880s–1940
Chapter 5. Moving out of the Margins and into the Mainstream
Chapter 6. Natives of a Ghost Country
Chapter 7. Standing Up and Speaking Out
Part III. Performing Race, Region, and Nation
Chapter 8. Southern Eruptions in Asian American Narratives
Chapter 9. "A Tennessean in an Unlikely Package"
Chapter 10. "Like We Lost Our Citizenship"
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|Khyati Y. Joshi is an associate professor in the College of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University and the author of New Roots in America's Sacred Ground: Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in Indian America. Jigna Desai is an associate professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota. Her books include The Bollywood Reader and Beyond Bollywood: The Cultural Politics of South Asian Disaporic Film.