BOOK REVIEWS (ASIA) Robert S. Chang , Disoriented: Asian Americans, Law, and the Nation-State (New York: New York University Press, 1999), x, 180 pp. Cloth $34.00 To what extent should contemporary discourse on race and the law be revised to take better account of Asian Americans? It is the contention of Loyola Law Professor Robert S. Chang, in this slim but wide-ranging book, that the reigning civil rights paradigm is, in fact, in need of revision, and in two principal ways. Chang argues that “the current racial paradigm has become naturalized so that race in America is generally understood to mean black and white” and, “[i]nstead of being included as participants in conversationson race, Asian Americans are seen as interlopers” (p.11). Consequently, Chang seeks to identify a variety of reasons why legal scholars would do well to give more attention to the experiences of Asian Americans. As he points out, Asian Americans have been the object of various forms of discriminatory legislation for signi cant portions of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the standard legal narratives have not always taken note of these experiences, nor have these narratives given attention to the ways in which Asian Americans
Journal of Asian and African Studies (in 2002 continued as African and Asian Studies) – Brill
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