Cambria Press Publication Highlight for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

As we close out Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we highlight a noteworthy title, Be(com)ing Korean in the United States: Exploring Ethnic Identity Formation Through Cultural Practices by S. Sonya Gwak.

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The following is a quote from the book:

The very act of exploring ethnic identity foregrounds the significance of articulating an aspect of our selves that links us to our families, peers, traditions, transnational histories, and diasporic communities and distinguishes us from the flattening effects of racial categorization. Therefore, producing ethnicity in the United States is in constant flux, negotiating between how we are identified as ethnic and racial subjects and how we identify ourselves as Korean.

Displacement from our ancestral home increases the salience of ethnic identity as something that must be produced and cultivated. In other words, being Korean cannot be predicated solely on originating from the nationstate, Korea, but necessitates further elaborations based on proof of ancestry, family history, and notions of primordial ties. The process of becoming Korean cannot rely merely on quotidian experiences but fosters the teaching and learning of cultural practices that are constructed as Korean in a variety of ways.

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Title: Be(com)ing Korean in the United States: Exploring Ethnic Identity Formation Through Cultural Practices
Authors: S. Sonya Gwak
Publisher: Cambria Press
ISBN: 9781604975840
372 pp.  |   2008   |   Hardback & E-book
Book Webpage: http://www.cambriapress.com/books/9781604975840.cfm

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Asian-Pacific Heritage Month Highlight – Alienglish: Eastern Diasporas in Anglo-American Tongues

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Alienglish: Eastern Diasporas in Anglo-American Tongues by Sheng-mei Ma is the perfect book for the celebration of Asian-Pacific Heritage Month.

Published this year, Alienglish: Eastern Diasporas in Anglo-American Tongues by Sheng-mei Ma is the perfect book for the celebration of Asian-Pacific Heritage Month.

From the book’s introduction: 
“Haltingly, aliens come to speak in the Anglo-American tongue that you and I (me and you?) would understand, but what emerges is somehow skewed by accents, syntax, body language, and nonstandard contextual references—an uncanny, off-kilter language that I call Alienglish. Either an alien’s English that estranges or an alienating English because it sounds so natural, it issues forth from an involuntarily forked tongue and split psyche, operating on two registers, one clear and comprehensible, the other occluded and unfamiliar. The neologism Alienglish threatens to mongrelize the very name of native speakers’ mother tongue, which has, ironically, twisted and scorched millions of nonnative mouths.”

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If you like this book, please recommend it to your library and colleagues.

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Cambria Press Forthcoming Book! Anglophone Literatures in the Asian Diaspora

Cambria Press Academic Publisher (Forthcoming Title): Anglophone Literatures Asian Diaspora

Cambria Press Academic Publisher (Forthcoming Title): Anglophone Literatures Asian Diaspora

The Cambria Sinophone World Series, headed by Professor Victor Mair, will soon be releasing Anglophone Literatures in the Asian Diaspora: Literary Transnationalism and Translingual Migrations
by Karen An-hwei Lee. The book is praised by Professor Josephine Park (University of Pennsylvania) for being an “illuminating study” as well as Professor Ouyang Yu, the famous contemporary Chinese-Australian author, for this being a “fascinating study” that is “strengthened by Lee’s dexterous negotiation of diasporic theories.”

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