Folklore | Seminar in Asian Folklore/Identity & Transnationalism
F600 | 26710 | Janellu

F600  Identity & Transnationalism.  The peoples of East Asia have
experienced during the past few decades a variety of transformations
induced by capitalist industrialization, urbanization, and multiple
international and intranational movements (e.g., diasporic
emigration, immigration of foreign workers, international and
domestic tourism, and increasing intrusions of western modernity).
This seminar explores a number of recent ethnographies that attempt
to portray and further the comprehension of these transformations by
looking to reworkings and uses of "traditions" and challenging
essentialized categories of ethnic, gendered, and national identities

Objectives.  Readings and discussions of the assigned texts are aimed
at informing seminar participants of relevant issues in order to
assist them in formulating a position of their own.  A research paper
is intended to offer an opportunity to demonstrate the viability of
that position with a body of substantive information.

Required Texts:

Nancy Abelmann and John Lie. Blue Dreams: Korean Americans and the
Los Angeles Riots. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1997.
Paper. ISBN: 0674077059.

Arjun Appadurai,  Modernity at Large:Cultural Dimensions of
Globalization. Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press,
1996. Paper. ISBN: 0816627932

Nicole Constable, Cross-Border Marriages: Gender and Mobility in
Transnational Asia. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press,
2004.  Paper ISBN: 0812218914

Kenneth J. Guest, God in Chinatown: Religion and Survival in New
York’s Evolving Immigrant Community. New York: New York University
Press, 2003. Paper. ISBN: 0814731546

Karen Kelsky, Women on the Verge: Japanese Women, Western Dreams.
Durham: Duke University Press, 2001. Paper. ISBN: 082232816X

Jeffrey Lesser.  Negotiating National Identity: Immigrants,
Minorities, and the Struggle for Ethnicity in Brazil.  Durham: Duke
University Press, 1999. Paper. ISBN: 0822322927

Aihwa Ong, Flexible Citizenship: The Cultural Logics of
Transnationality.  Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1999. Paper.
ISBN: 0-8223-2269-2.

Sonia Ryang, North Koreans in Japan: Language, Ideology, and
Identity.  Boulder: Westview, 1997. Paper. SBN: 0-8133-3050-5

Sharon A. Suh. Being Buddhist in a Christian World: Gender and
Community in a Korean American Temple. Seattle and London: University
of Washington Press, 2004. Paper. ISBN: 0295983795.

Takeyuki Tsuda, Strangers in the Ethnic Homeland: Japanese Brazilian
Return Migration in Transnational Perspective.  New York: Columbia
University Press, 2003. Paper.  ISBN: 0231128398

A few articles will be placed on electronic reserves.