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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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On Using Semiotic Resources in a Racist World

On Using Semiotic Resources in a Racist World

A Commentary

(p.84) 5 On Using Semiotic Resources in a Racist World
Beyond Yellow English

Jane H. Hill

Oxford University Press

Asian‐American youth are shown to be highly creative in recruiting semiotic material for identity construction, and in deploying this material in interactional pragmatics. Much of the identity construction discussed by Bucholtz, Lo, and Reyes involves the manipulation of ‐‐ and creation of ‐‐ stereotypes. Many elements of these stereotypes exist prior to these youthful gestures, having been shaped within large systems of White racism that racialize Asian‐American populations as “colored” rather than White and impose on them particular forms of racialized gender and gendered race. The question is raised as to how much agentive freedom is available to identity gestures that use stereotypes that emerge within this system.

Keywords:   stereotypes, identity, agency, race, masculinity, violence, intelligence, Asian‐American

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