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Elusive Citizenship: Immigration, Asian Americans, and the Paradox of Civil Rights

Elusive Citizenship: Immigration, Asian Americans, and the Paradox of Civil Rights (Hardback)

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Since the late nineteenth century, federal and state rules governing immigration and naturalization have placed persons of Asian ancestry outside the boundaries of formal membership. A review of leading cases in American constitutional law regarding Asians would suggest that initially, Asian immigrants tended to evade exclusionary laws through deliberate misrepresentations of their identities or through extralegal means. Eventually, many of these immigrants and their descendants came to accept prevailing legal norms governing their citizenship in the United States. In many cases, this involved embracing notions of white supremacy.

John S. W. Park argues that American rules governing citizenship and belonging remain fundamentally unjust, even though they suggest the triumph of a "civil rights" vision, where all citizens share the same basic rights. By continuing to privilege members over non-members in ways that are politically popular, these rules mask injustices that violate principles of fairness. Importantly, Elusive Citizenship also suggests that politically and socially, full membership in American society remains closely linked with participation in exclusionary practices that isolate racial minorities in America.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical control & freedomsHuman rightsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesMigration, immigration & emigrationPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesRefugees & political asylum Publisher: New York University Press Publication Date: 01/06/2004 ISBN-13: 9780814767146  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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John S. W. Park is Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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