Week3 - Asian American Studies 20A: Introduction to the...

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Asian American Studies 20A: Introduction to the History of Asians in the United States Spring 2008 Professor Catherine Ceniza Choy Week Three Tuesday, February 5 Michael Omi and Howard Winant’s racial formation theory “the socio-historical process through which racial categories are created, inhabited, transformed, and destroyed” from “racial Formation in the United States” Michael Omi and Howard Winant race is dynamic, not static, it can change through time; something that can shift through time in ancient times, religions, class, etc, was more important >> race is a modern development/ concept 17 th century, in part b/c the US legitimatized a system of slavery on the basis of race, (blacks were inferior) Race was used to resolve contradictions in slavery, ok to treat them that way b/c they were heathens 18 th century: ethnologists : said race was equal to different species Justified exclusions of blacks and the Chinese seen a natural, a natural racial superiority of whites racial formation theory : acknowledged that race is a dynamic social construction b/c it is informed and shaped by politics, institutions, popular culture, economics, and social attitudes i.e. Mexicans were considered white until 1930, when nativists petitioned so that they no longer would document 10: 1926 Chase & Pandit: criticism of the exclusion of east Indians (pg120); prejudice against Chinese and Japanese
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This note was uploaded on 07/08/2008 for the course ASIAN STUD 20A taught by Professor Choy during the Spring '08 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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