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ERIC Number: ED358021
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec-27
Pages: 10
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Moving the Pivot: Asians and American History.
Okihiro, Gary Y.
A new parochialism is present in the United States. The view represents a foreclosure that anchors itself to Europe against a tide of non-European peoples. U.S. Eurocentrists proclaim union on the basis of race to counter the perceived threat of non-whites and to stifle dissenting voices from those who would contest the dominant order. An alternative parochialism celebrates a minority's exceptionalism, characterized by inventions of traditions, affirmations of fragile identities, and exclusion of others. Ethnic studies began as a broadly inclusive vision of U.S. history and culture. The approach sought to move the pivot by fracturing the universalism of the white male and repositioning gender, class, race, and sexuality from the periphery to the core. Asians in the United States can recenter the discourse. The internationalization of U.S. history is one element in the overall project of moving the pivot; gender, class, race, and sexuality also comprise axes upon which the national experience turn. This study of Asians in the United States recognizes that the contest is for a fundamental refiguring of the nation's social relations. (LBG)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Asia