On Yellow English and Other Perilous Terms
Asian Pacific Americans are one of the fastest growing groups in the U.S, yet their linguistic practices remain relatively understudied. In this review, we examine how Asian Pacific Americans have experienced erasure (Gal and Irvine 1995) within linguistic anthropology due in part to their racialization. APAs are often situated as non‐English‐speaking foreigners or as linguistically and culturally assimilated to middle‐class white norms. Research has therefore tended to focus on issues related to bilingualism, like heritage language learning and codeswitching, despite the fact that native English speakers are the fastest growing segment of this population. In this review, we discuss how APAs challenge existing paradigms of race, ethnicity and language, briefly examine previous research on APA language practices, and explain the organization of the volume.
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