By Christine So
Fiscal voters argues that Asians were usually imagined because the possibility of capitalism long gone awry and demonstrates that the good judgment of financial trade has been an missed yet severe capability for Asian american citizens to barter political and cultural equivalence.
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4) Wong’s creation of an Asian American anthology thus addresses a variety of deﬁcits: It challenges the lack of Asian American cultural representation, or the limitation of those representations to stereotypes, as well as Americans’ needs for an education that addresses more adequately current economic realities. Wong’s introductory narrative replicates a similar logic to that found in Asian American literature itself. It is permeated with the language of loss and surplus, deﬁciency and excess.
The books all follow a similar format: Located in San Francisco’s Chinatown, they revolve around intercultural and often intergenerational conﬂict. Usually a struggle between the family’s patriarch and the more “Americanized” daughter or son, the tensions ostensibly center on the elder generation’s inability to forsake their “queer” Chinese habits. The books thus attempt to negotiate the borders surrounding Chinatown, deﬁning them, interpreting its customs for the audiences that lie outside of those boundaries, and simulating both easy and arduous movement across its geographical limits.
It also offers a way of reading and contextualizing the consumption of Asian American culture in a manner that acknowledges the economic and discursive structures that make “Asian American” comprehensible, and suggests that readings of Asian American literature can recognize its tendencies toward equivalence even as the specter of nonequivalence constantly looms. The book moves largely chronologically, structured by the most visible economic threats that Asians have posed to to the nation over the last ﬁfty years.