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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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Asian American Stereotypes as Circulating Resource

Asian American Stereotypes as Circulating Resource

(p.43) 3 Asian American Stereotypes as Circulating Resource
Beyond Yellow English

Angela Reyes (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter examines the ways in which stereotypes of Asian Americans emerge as resources for Asian Americans. Drawing on theories and methods in linguistic anthropology, this chapter reveals how metapragmatic stereotypes are circulating resources that can be creatively recontextualized in interaction. It analyzes video‐recorded interactions among Southeast Asian American teenagers as they reappropriate Asian American stereotypes to: 1) position themselves and others relative to stereotypes; 2) construct stereotyping as an oppressive practice to resist or as an interactional resource to celebrate; and 3) bring about interactional effects from widely circulating stereotypes (e.g., Asian American storeowner) that are different from those from locally circulating typifications (e.g., Asian American minivan driver). This chapter reveals how stereotypes can be creatively recontextualized in interaction, incorporated into people's lives to various effects, and sought out as a means of identifying and imagining oneself, others, and connections between individuals and groups.

Keywords:   Asian American, identity, stereotype, circulation, discourse analysis, metapragmatics, positioning

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