Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South

Edited by Khyati Y. Joshi and Jigna Desai

Extending the understanding of race and ethnicity in the South beyond the prism of black-white relations, this interdisciplinary collection explores the growth, impact, and significance of rapidly growing Asian American populations in the American South. Avoiding the usual focus on the East and West Coasts, several essays attend to the nuanced ways in which Asian Americans negotiate the dominant black and white racial binary, while others provoke readers to reconsider the supposed cultural isolation of the region, reintroducing the South within a historical web of global networks across the Caribbean, Pacific, and Atlantic.

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“Honeysuckle, Georgia.”
Purvi Shah

“Discrepancies in Dixie: Asian Americans and the South.”
Jigna Desai and Khyati Y. Joshi

Section I: Disrupting Race and Place
Chapter 1: “Peddlers of Notions: Indian Muslim Migrants in New Orleans and Beyond, 1880-1920.”
Vivek Bald

Chapter 2: “Racial Interstitiality and the Anxieties of the “Partly Colored: Representations of Asians under Jim Crow.” REPRINT FROM Journal of Asian American Studies. Feb. 2007. 10.1
Leslie Bow

Chapter 3: “Racialization without Asians, Racism without Recognition: Asian Americans in the New South.”
Amy Brandzel and Jigna Desai

Section II: Community Formation and Profiles
Chapter 4: “Segregation, Exclusion and the Chinese Communities in Georgia, 1880s - 1940.”
Daniel Bronstein

Chapter 5: “Moving Out of the Margins and into the Mainstream: The Demographics of Asian Americans in the New South.”
Art Sakamoto, Chang Hwan Kim, and Isao Takei

Chapter 6: “Exodus to the New South: The Vietnamese in Houston and their Construction of a Post-War Community.”
Roy Vu

Chapter 7: “Standing up and Speaking out: Hindu Americans and Christian Normativity in Metro Atlanta.”
Khyati Y. Joshi

Section III: Performing Race, Region, and Nation
Chapter 8: “Southern Eruptions in Asian American 436-501 Narratives.”
Jennifer Ho

Chapter 9: “A Tennessean in an Unlikely Package: The Stand-Up Comedy of Henry Cho.”
Jasmine Kar Tang

Chapter 10: “It’s like we lost our Citizenship: Vietnamese Americans, African Americans, Hurricane Katrina.”
Marguerite Nguyen