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Honors Project


American Studies


Asian Americans-Political activity, Asian Americans-Ethnic identity, Asian American arts, Hip-hop, Discrimination against Asian Americans, Activism, Asian American, Spoken word, Legal subjugation, Racism, Discrimination, Resistance, Collective community racialization


Activism is a form of protest and contestation. In 1968, Asian American activism is defined by political protests for a collective identity. In 2011, as newer ethnic groups immigrate to the United States of America, the definition of Asian America has changed; the definition of activism has changed. As Asian Americans try to reconcile and redefine their collective identity, many are utilizing social media and art as a way of activism. However, what are some of the consequences for claiming a political identity created 43 years ago? Are we still a collective group fighting for common goals, or are we romanticizing an identity that no longer exists? What do we lose and what do we gain for claiming this identity? How can we (re)define Asian America through time, through loss, and through reconciliation?




[83] p. Honors project-Smith College, Northampton, Mass., 2011. Includes bibliographical references.

Submitted to the Subcommittee and Honors Independent Programs, Asian American Studies with relation to American Studies and Theatre