Rebecca Chiyoko King-ORiain
Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1 edition (October 23, 2006)
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With a low fee of immigration and a excessive cost of interracial marriage, jap americans at the present time compose the Asian ethnic workforce with the biggest percentage of mixed-race contributors. inside of eastern American groups, elevated participation by means of mixed-race participants, in addition to issues approximately overassimilation, has resulted in a look for cultural authenticity, giving new solutions to the query, who's eastern American? In natural attractiveness, Rebecca Chiyoko King-O’Riain tackles this question by way of learning a cultural establishment: eastern American neighborhood attractiveness pageants in San Francisco, l. a., Seattle, and Honolulu. King-O’Riain employs wealthy ethnographic fieldwork to find how those pageants search to keep up racial and ethnic purity amid moving notions of cultural id. She makes use of revealing in-depth interviews with applicants, queens, and neighborhood individuals, her reports as a festival committee member, and archival research—including eastern and English newspapers, museum collections, inner most photograph albums, and mementos—to identify either the significance and impossibility of racial purity. King-O’Riain examines racial eligibility principles and assessments, which surround not just ancestry but in addition residency, neighborhood carrier, and tradition, and lines the historical past of pageants during the usa. natural attractiveness exhibits how racial and gendered meanings are enacted throughout the pageants, and divulges their influence on jap American males, girls, and youngsters. King-O’Riain concludes that the mixed-race problem to racial understandings of jap Americanness doesn't unavoidably suggest an finish to race as we all know it and asserts that race is work—created and re-created in a social context. finally, she determines that the idea that of race, fragile even though it can be, continues to be one of many different types during which jap american citizens are judged.Rebecca Chiyoko King-O’Riain is lecturer in sociology on the nationwide collage of eire, Maynooth.