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On “Panethnicity, Asian American Activism, and Identity” Asian American Studies 20A Professor Catherine Ceniza Choy
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What is panethnicity? From Yen Le Espiritu, Asian American Panethnicity: Bridging Institutions and Identities (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1992) “the generalization of solidarity among ethnic subgroups” In the U.S., examples of newly formed panethnic groups include Native Americans and Latinos as well as Asian Americans Solidarity partly forms as a result of histories of racism and of imposed identity (e.g., “Orientals”).
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The Reactive and Creative Process of Panethnicity Asian American panethnic activism against anti-Asian violence is an example of what Yen Le Espiritu calls “reactive solidarity” Panethnicity is also a creative force; it creates, for example, political consciousness Panethnic consciousness is institutionalized through organizations, such as the Asian Law Caucus
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How is Asian American panethnicity constructed? Espiritu writes: “The construction of pan-Asian ethnicity involves the creation of a common Asian American heritage out of diverse histories. Part of the heritage being created hinges on what Asian Americans share: a history of exploitation, oppression, and discrimination.”
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