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FA-58556-15

Ellen Dionne Wu
Indiana University, Bloomington (Bloomington, IN 47405-7000)

Asian Americans in the Age of Affirmative Action

OVERREPRESENTED places Asian Americans at the center of the intersecting histories of race-making and policy-making in the late-twentieth century United States. Contemporaries saw Asian Americans as what I call an ???overrepresented??? minority in a double sense: first, as an economically privileged minority racial group that did not need new rights and programs to guarantee equal opportunity, and second, as too successful and therefore a threat to white privilege. In other words, Asian Americans were ostensibly different than other ???underrepresented??? minorities. The peculiar standing of Asian Americans as ???overrepresented??? has much to teach us about the fundamental importance of Asian Americans and Asia to the recalibration of the nation???s racial order and political alignments in the post-civil rights era.

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Project fields:
Asian American Studies; Immigration History; U.S. History

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 6/30/2016