Although the keyword “movement” can bring to mind a variety of meanings—migration, transnationalism, and diaspora, to name a few—in the field of Asian American studies, “movement” is most often joined with “Asian American” to form a label for the political assemblage known as the “Asian American movement.” Fortuitously, the social movement connotation of “movement” also accords with the sense of the word that suggests flux rather than stasis, for the Asian American movement was constructed and evolved over time.

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