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Undercover Asian: Multiracial Asian Americans in Visual Culture
by Leilani Nishime
University of Illinois Press, 2014
Cloth: 978-0-252-03807-5 | Paper: 978-0-252-07956-6 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09534-4
Library of Congress Classification E184.A75N57 2014
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.895073

In this first book-length study of media images of multiracial Asian Americans, Leilani Nishime traces the codes that alternatively enable and prevent audiences from recognizing the multiracial status of Asian Americans. Nishime's perceptive readings of popular media--movies, television shows, magazine articles, and artwork--indicate how and why the viewing public often fails to identify multiracial Asian Americans. Using actor Keanu Reeves and the Matrix trilogy, golfer Tiger Woods as examples, Nishime suggests that this failure is tied to gender, sexuality, and post-racial politics. Also considering alternative images such as reality TV star Kimora Lee Simmons, the television show Battlestar Galactica, and the artwork of Kip Fulbeck, this incisive study offers nuanced interpretations that open the door to a new and productive understanding of race in America.

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