Reflectionand Review of Lisa Lowe`s Book
Thetwo readings focus on how Asian Americans are viewed in the UnitedStates. Lisa Lowe particularly explores how law sidelines AsianAmericans and treats them as foreigners. It majorly applies topolitical systems as they are fully assimilated in capital.Therefore, political segregation heightens political inequality in ademocratic regime of government where citizens have equal rights.Immigration and naturalization laws serve to exclude Asians. Loweviews law as closes constituted of culture and political exclusion ofAsians was also converted to culture. Eventually, a conservative lawdoes not serve its purpose when it does not address demands ofpolitical inequality. That way, Lowe addresses the issues of race andethnicity. In the text, she addresses topics in humanities such asrace, colonialism and her verse research on Asian immigrants adds toa drive to write this book. The author is also particularly concernedwith racism and ethnicity in the United States. The essay willdiscuss a reflection and review on Lisa`s book. As a professor inEnglish and American studies at Tufts University, Lisa Lowe hasauthentically written the book.
Lowerelates greatwly with the arguments by Erika Lee in “Orientalismsin the Americas: A Hemispheric Approach to Asian American History”according to both Lowe and Erika, Asian Americans have always beenand will always be foreigners-within America. According to Lisa,understanding the political, racial and economic foundation of UnitedStates serves as a leeway of understanding Asian immigration. In thecontemporary world, Asians are included in economic stances of UnitedStates yet distanced from the terrain of national culture throughrestrictive laws of citizenship. Majorly, US culture determines thenationality of an individual though controversial to the mythology ofnation. Therefore, American culture stands broadly cast yetsingularly engages all citizens in national projects. The abstractform of citizenship suffers contradiction when it comes to politicalrepresentation, language, social hierarchy as well as a historicalembodiment. However, Erica views Asian Americans as peoplemarginalized like other groups like African Americans. She concludedthat an Asian- American history resembles to other marginalizedgroups. However, the two readings raise arguments on social concernsand inclusion of Asian Americans in the United States.
Inthe text, Lisa Lowe uses holdings from the law and historicalexamples to present her arguments. Lowe notes that there are culturalpractices such as multiculturalism put across for the purpose ofreconciling non-Americans and American natives. However, somecultural productions reveal gaps and fissures in national identity asthey show immigrant marginality. The author looks at the extensivemeaning of nationality as well as immigration concerning AsianAmericans. These cultural historiographies displace fiction ofreconciliation as they place the immigrants in their origin as wellas exempting them from a history of United States. That way, theybecome alien subjects that are merely mentioned and not a participantin creating history. According to Lowe, aesthetically Asian Americanculture is an alternative culture for these migrants, and itcontradicts national identity as well as citizenship. Therefore, thiscritique depicts a sign of integration failure.
Onequestion about the topic and the book is on Lisa Lowe definesimmigration and citizenship of Asian Americans against NativeAmericans. The question is whether immigration and naturalizationlaws stand at best to exclude Asian immigrants from politicalequality? At the same time, there is capital infusion that is notenough. The next question will be Does Asian immigrants remain asforeigners in the United States though at freedom to retain originalculture? Finally, another question is whether the lack of inclusionin a democratic political system provokes the emergence of Asianculture that addresses their plight?