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Beyond Yellow EnglishToward a Linguistic Anthropology of Asian Pacific America$
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Angela Reyes and Adrienne Lo

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327359

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327359.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

On Yellow English and Other Perilous Terms

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(p.3) 1 Introduction
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Beyond Yellow English
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Adrienne Lo (Contributor Webpage)

Angela Reyes (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327359.003.0001

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.

Keywords:   Asian American, racialization, Yellow English

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