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Voices Rising

Asian Canadian Cultural Activism

This interdisciplinary inquiry examines Asian Canadian political and cultural activism around community building, identity making, racial equity, and social justice. Informed by a postcolonial and postmodern cultural critique, it traces the trajectory of progressive cultural discourse generated by Asian Canadian cultural activists over the course of several generations. Xiaoping Li draws on historical sources and personal testimonies to convincingly demonstrate how culture acts as a means of engagement with the political and social world. He addresses topical issues of “race,” ethnicity, identity, and transculturalism.

320 pages

Table of Contents



Section I: Mapping Asian Canadian Cultural Activism

1 The Culture Question

2 Inventing Asian Canadian Culture

3 Becoming "Asian Canadian"

4 The Site of Memory

5 Differently Together

6 Redefining Asian Canadian Women

Section II:

7 Emergence

Harry Aoki

Tamio Wakayama

Aiko Suzuki

Keith Lock

Terry Watada

David Kenji Fujino

Sean Gunn

Keeman Wong

Section III:

8 Cross the Threshold

Fumiko Kiyooka

William Lau

Brenda Joy Lem

Gu Xiong

Kyo Maclear

Mina Shum

Valerie Sing Turner

Section IV:

9 Moving Ahead

Alvin Erasga Tolentino

Wayne Yung

Kagan Goh

Norman Lup

Man Yeung

Jen Lam





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