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On ethnic labels and reading…

July 15, 2012

“Publishers in recent years have repeatedly classified fictional or semi-fictional works by Asians under “Asian Studies,” thrown together in catalogues Asian and Asian-American writers, and placed writings on Asian America among “Asian peoples.” How such labeling affects the reading of these works is not self-evident, but we must suppose that it plays some part in the reading, where the works are placed in bookstores and libraries, and how it may influence decisions in course adoption.” (217)

Arif Dirlik (2002) ‘Literature/Identity: Transnationalism, Narrative and Representation’. The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies 24: 209-234


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