Postcolonialism

Emerging from literary studies, postcolonial criticism initially examined how the experience of, negotiation with, and resistance to formal colonialism have shaped national cultures and literatures emerging from the former British empire (Ashcroft 1989). The consideration of subjects and subjectivity impacted by imperial incursions and fantasies, as explored in Edward Said’s Orientalism (1978), has resonance for multiple populations from Asia with varied colonial legacies that have come to enter the political coalition called Asian America. The postcolonial signals the colonial legacy as part of the cultural heterogeneity and hybridity lived by ethnic groups such as South Asians from the different parts of the British empire and Filipinos emerging from Spanish, Japanese, and U.S. occupations, as well as Koreans and Southeast Asians who have undergone palpable, and oftentimes devastating, U.S. and European military interventions (Gopinath 2005; L. Lowe 1996; Shankar and Srikanth 1998; Schlund-Vials 2012b). As Asian Americanists extend the field of …

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