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Ethnic Studies Review
Whenever "the nation" is "imagined," Americans of Asian ancestry are excluded by common "cultural consent" as alien/alienated "Others," as citizens of their ancestral nations. Due to recent immigration from many Asian nations, the globalization of economies, including the Pacific Rim, and especially the efforts of some Asian American writers, the situation has improved--somewhat. Still, if Asian-American writers stress the American in their representations, they are denying the Asian. If they stress the Asian, they have bought into American "cultural consent" its racist representations of Asian-Americans. Further, they themselves can't help but think within "the nation's" ongoing restrictive racist "cultural consent" paradigm, because as Americans they have unconsciously internalized it.
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