Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Scholarly Resource List

05/04/2021

 

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, ACLS highlights scholarly resources on the history, impact, and culture of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States, including people with heritage from across the continent of Asia and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.
 
In addition to our recent Anti-Asian Bias and Asian Empowerment Movements Scholarly Resource List, we hope this page will amplify humanistic scholarship and perspectives that expand our understanding and celebrate the history and culture of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.

Similar to our previously published Inclusive Excellence scholarly resource lists, we invited our global community of fellows to share links and PDFs of existing readings, research, curricula, published works, and other resources that they authored or recommend to share with our community.
 
We welcome ACLS fellows and members to share any additional contributions, questions, or comments with us at news@acls.org.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Scholarly Resource List

Scholarly Resources by ACLS Fellows

ARTICLES
“Editor’s Introduction: Refugee Cultures: Forty Years after the Vietnam War” - MELUS, 41(3), Fall 2016
Co-written by Marguerite Nguyen F'18, Associate Professor of English, Wesleyan University
 
“New Orleans and Asian American Literature and Culture” - Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian America Literature and Culture, January 30, 2020
Written by Marguerite Nguyen F'18, Associate Professor of English, Wesleyan University
 
“New Orleans and Asian American Literature and Culture” - Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian America Literature and Culture, January 30, 2020
Written by Marguerite Nguyen F'18, Associate Professor of English, Wesleyan University
 
“Ask the Expert: Combating Asian Hate and Stereotypes” - California State University San Marcos NewsCenter, May 5, 2021
Interview with Susie Lan Cassel F'20, Professor, Literature and Writing Studies, California State University, San Marcos
 
“‘Chinamen’ and ‘Delinquent Girls’: Intimacy, Exclusion and a Search for California’s Color Line” - Journal of American History, 104(3), December 2017
Written by Beth Lew-Williams F'12, F'10, Associate Professor, Department of History, Princeton University
 
“Chinese Exclusion Fiction and Global Histories of Race: HT Tsiang and Theodore Dreiser, 1930” - Genre, 39 (4), December 1, 2006
Written by Richard Jean So F'12, Assistant Professor, English, McGill University
 
“Transnationalism and Asian American Performance” - Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature, February 28, 2020
Written by Elizabeth W. Son F'19, F'10, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre, and Director, Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama Program, Northwestern University
 
“Trial without Jury in Guam, USA” - Law and History Review, 38(4), June 26, 2019
Written by Katherine Unterman F'19, Associate Professor of History, Texas A&M University
 
BOOKS
A Different Shade of Justice: Asian American Civil Rights in the South (The University of North Carolina Press)
Written by Stephanie Hinnershitz F'12, Curriculum Content and Research Advisor, Bill of Rights Institute and the Air Force's eSchool of Professional Military Education
 
America's Vietnam: The Longue Durée of U.S. Literature and Empire (Temple University Press)
Written by Marguerite Nguyen F'18, Associate Professor, English, Wesleyan University
 
Foreign Accents: Chinese American Verse from Exclusion to Postethnicity (Oxford University Press)
Written by Steven Gene Yao F'05, Edmund A. LeFevre Professor of English, Hamilton College
 
Garden of the World: Asian Immigrants and the Making of Agriculture in California's Santa Clara Valley (Oxford University Press)
Written by Cecilia M. Tsu F'18, Associate Professor, History, University of California, Davis
 
Herbs and Roots: A History of Chinese Doctors in the American Medical Marketplace (Yale University Press)
Written by Tamara Venit-Shelton F'17, Associate Professor, History, Claremont McKenna College
 
Identity, Youth, and Gender in the Korean American Church (Palgrave Macmillan)
Written by Christine Hong F'15, Assistant Professor of Educational Ministry, Director of DEdMin Program, Columbia Theological Seminary
 
Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (Harvard University Press) (Palgrave Macmillan)
Written by Viet Thanh Nguyen F'11, Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature, Aerol Arnold Chair of English, University of Southern California; Recommended by Mallory Nanny F'20, Doctoral Candidate, Art History, Florida State University
 
The Unsung Great: Stories of Extraordinary Japanese Americans (University of Washington Press)
Written by Greg J. Robinson F'04, Professor, History, l’Université du Québec à Montréal
 
BOOK CHAPTER
“Asian American New Orleans” - New Orleans: A Literary History (Cambridge University Press)
Written by Marguerite Nguyen F'18, Associate Professor of English, Wesleyan University
 
“Like We Lost Our Citizenship” - Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South (University of Illinois Press)
Written by Marguerite Nguyen F'18, Associate Professor of English, Wesleyan University
 
“Refugee Pastoralism: Vietnamese American Self-Representation in New Orleans” - Remaking New Orleans: Beyond Exceptionalism and Authenticity (Duke University Press)
Written by Marguerite Nguyen F'18, Associate Professor of English, Wesleyan University
 
"5. Surveillance Effects: South Asian, Arab, and Afghan American Youth in the War on Terror" - At the Limits of Justice (University of Toronto Press)
Written by Greg J. Robinson F'04, Professor, History, l’Université du Québec à Montréal
 
VIDEO
"Designing for Pacific Politics" - Virtual Lecture with UCLA Architecture and Urban Design
Featuring Kelema Lee Moses F'19, Assistant Professor, Architectural History, Occidental College
 

 

Resources Recommended by ACLS Fellows

ARTICLES
Diaz, Vicente M, and J Kēhaulani Kauanui. "Native Pacific Cultural Studies on the Edge" - The Contemporary Pacific, 13(2), Fall 2001
Recommended by Craig S. Perez F'20, Professor of English and Affiliate Faculty, Center for Pacific Islands Studies & The Indigenous Politics Program, University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa
 
Earle, Harriet E. H. “A New Face for an Old Fight: Reimagining Vietnam in Vietnamese-American Graphic Memoirs” - Studies in Comics, 9(1), June 2018
Recommended by Mallory Nanny F'20, Doctoral Candidate, Art History, Florida State University
 
Firth, Stewart. "Future Directions for Pacific Studies" - The Contemporary Pacific, 15, 2003
Recommended by Craig S. Perez F'20, Professor of English and Affiliate Faculty, Center for Pacific Islands Studies & The Indigenous Politics Program, University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa
 
Kauvaka, Lea Lani Kinikini. "Berths and Anchorages: Pacific Cultural Studies from Oceania” - The Contemporary Pacific, 28(1), 2016
Recommended by Craig S. Perez F'20, Professor of English and Affiliate Faculty, Center for Pacific Islands Studies & The Indigenous Politics Program, University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa
 
Taylor, Nora A. “Re-authoring images of the Vietnam War: Dinh Q Lê’s ‘Light and Belief’ installation at dOCUMENTA (13) and the role of the artist as historian” - South East Asia Research, 25(1), 2017
Recommended by Mallory Nanny F'20, Doctoral Candidate, Art History, Florida State University
 
Teaiwa, Teresia K. "L(o)osing the Edge" - The Contemporary Pacific, 13(2), 2001
Recommended by Craig S. Perez F'20, Professor of English and Affiliate Faculty, Center for Pacific Islands Studies & The Indigenous Politics Program, University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa
 
Wesley-Smith, Terence. "Rethinking Pacific Islands Studies" - Pacific Studies, 18(2), June 1995
Recommended by Craig S. Perez F'20, Professor of English and Affiliate Faculty, Center for Pacific Islands Studies & The Indigenous Politics Program, University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa
 
Wesley-Smith, Terence. "Rethinking Pacific Studies Twenty Years On" - The Contemporary Pacific, 28(1), 2016
Recommended by Craig S. Perez F'20, Professor of English and Affiliate Faculty, Center for Pacific Islands Studies & The Indigenous Politics Program, University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa
 
Wong, Sau-ling Cynthia. “Denationalization Reconsidered: Asian American Cultural Criticism at a Theoretical Crossroads” - Amerasia Journal, 21(1-2), 1995
Recommended by Mallory Nanny F'20, Doctoral Candidate, Art History, Florida State University
 
BOOKS
Chan, Sucheng. The Vietnamese American 1.5 Generation: Stories of War, Revolution, Flight, and New Beginnings (Temple University Press)
Recommended by Mallory Nanny F'20, Doctoral Candidate, Art History, Florida State University
 
Espiritu, Yen Le. Body Counts: The Vietnam War and Militarized Refugees (University of California Press)
SRecommended by Mallory Nanny F'20, Doctoral Candidate, Art History, Florida State University
 
Fujiwara, Lynn and Shireen Roshanravan, editors. Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Politics (University of Washington Press)
Recommended by Elizabeth W. Son F'19, F'10, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre, and Director, Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama Program, Northwestern University
 
Hauʻofa, Epeli. We Are the Ocean: Selected Works (University of Hawaiʻi Press)
Recommended by Craig S. Perez F'20, Professor of English and Affiliate Faculty, Center for Pacific Islands Studies & The Indigenous Politics Program, University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa
 
Hune, Shirley and Gail M. Nomura, editors. Our Voices, Our Histories: Asian American and Pacific Islander Women (New York University Press)
Recommended by Elizabeth W. Son F'19, F'10, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre, and Director, Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama Program, Northwestern University
 
Lowe, Lisa. Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics (Duke University Press)
Recommended by Mallory Nanny F'20, Doctoral Candidate, Art History, Florida State University
 
Spickard, Paul, Joanne Rondilla, and Debbie Hippolite Wright. Pacific Diasporas: Island Peoples in the United States and Across the Pacific (University of Hawai‘i Press)
Recommended by Craig S. Perez F'20, Professor of English and Affiliate Faculty, Center for Pacific Islands Studies & The Indigenous Politics Program, University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa
 
Valverde, Caroline Kieu Linh. Transnationalizing Viet Nam: Community, Culture, and Politics in the Diaspora. (Temple University Press)
Recommended by Mallory Nanny F'20, Doctoral Candidate, Art History, Florida State University
 
Vilsoni, Hereniko and Rob Wilson, editors. Inside Out: Literature, Cultural Politics, and Identity in the New Pacific (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.)
Recommended by Craig S. Perez F'20, Professor of English and Affiliate Faculty, Center for Pacific Islands Studies & The Indigenous Politics Program, University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa
 
BOOK CHAPTERS
Oishi, Eve. “Screen Memories: Fakeness in Asian American Media Practice” - F is for Phony: Fake Documentary and Truth’s Undoing (University of Minnesota Press)
Recommended by Mallory Nanny F'20, Doctoral Candidate, Art History, Florida State University
 
Sturken, Marita. “Absent Images of Memory: Remembering and Reenacting the Japanese Internment” - Perilous Memories: The Asia-Pacific War(s) (Duke University Press)
Recommended by Mallory Nanny F'20, Doctoral Candidate, Art History, Florida State University