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Ends of EmpireAsian American Critique and the Cold War$
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Jodi Kim

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816655915

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816655915.001.0001

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Unsettling Hermeneutics and Global Nonalignments

(p.1) Introduction
Ends of Empire

Jodi Kim

University of Minnesota Press

The book focuses on how contemporary Asian American cultural productions are used to reassess the Cold War. It initially cites Chang-rae Lee’s novel Native Speaker, particularly its reinterpretation of “gook”, as part of the culture-centered analysis. The emphasis on Cold War was prompted by it being more than just a historical period, but also a production of knowledge which goes beyond its historical eventness. The book generally proposes an analysis of the American empire in Asia by examining Asian American cultural productions in relation to the Cold War logics and geopolitics. It adds to an extensive collection of analytical study on the Cold War’s various triangulations across the world, including the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.

Keywords:   Cold War, Native Speaker, Asian American culture, American empire, Middle East, Africa, Latin America

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