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Guest Editors' Introduction

Guest Editors' Introduction groups of people. In this issue we investigate the situated character of Asian transnationalities by focusing on the circulation of people, goods, and images to and from East and South Asia. Through topics as diverse as Korean immigration from Latin America to the United States, the links between H m o n g immigrant communities in the United States and the Miao minority in China, the circulation and reception of a documentary about Tiananmen Square, the marketing of Barbie dolls in India, and the changing representations of diasporic Indians in Hindi films, we examine how material that connects Asian and Asian American migration, media, and markets helps us understand Asian transnationalities. O u r contributors are concerned not only with immigration, but with gendered representations of immigration; not only with goods, but with what goods signify; and not only with transnational formations and practices, but with their imbrication in, and impact on, nationalism. In other words, we seek to move beyond the sweeping character of some of the pronouncements about the transnational in the contemporary world by attending to its situated and conjunctural nature. We begin with a quick overview of the chief questions and problems regarding the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png positions asia critique Duke University Press

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 1999 by Duke University Press
ISSN
1067-9847
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1527-8271
DOI
10.1215/10679847-7-3-653
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groups of people. In this issue we investigate the situated character of Asian transnationalities by focusing on the circulation of people, goods, and images to and from East and South Asia. Through topics as diverse as Korean immigration from Latin America to the United States, the links between H m o n g immigrant communities in the United States and the Miao minority in China, the circulation and reception of a documentary about Tiananmen Square, the marketing of Barbie dolls in India, and the changing representations of diasporic Indians in Hindi films, we examine how material that connects Asian and Asian American migration, media, and markets helps us understand Asian transnationalities. O u r contributors are concerned not only with immigration, but with gendered representations of immigration; not only with goods, but with what goods signify; and not only with transnational formations and practices, but with their imbrication in, and impact on, nationalism. In other words, we seek to move beyond the sweeping character of some of the pronouncements about the transnational in the contemporary world by attending to its situated and conjunctural nature. We begin with a quick overview of the chief questions and problems regarding the

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Published: Dec 1, 1999

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