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date: 30 November 2020

Literary Perspectives on Asian Americans in the South 

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture
Author(s):
Frank ChaFrank Cha

Traditional approaches to and notions of the US South primarily center on the experiences of whites and African Americans. However, the region’s increasingly transnational economic networks and changing demographics necessitate a far more diverse and nuanced understanding of Southern identity. To wit, Asian Americans represent one of the key groups who have transformed and continue to shape the literature and culture of the South. Their increased visibility and influence undermine monolithic interpretations of region and unearth the forgotten and obscured histories of populations who fall outside of the white–black racial binary. As Asian Americans continue to move to the region, writers, filmmakers, and scholars have taken interest in exploring the South through a global lens.... ...

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