Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White

Frank Wu



In this insightful look at race relations from a perspective too often overlooked, law professor and scholar Frank Wu examines and deconstructs the problematics of the place of Asian Americans in the society, writing such chapters as “The Model Minority: Asian American Success as a Race Relations Failure,” “The Perpetual Foreigner: Yellow Peril in the Pacific Century,” and “The Best ‘Chink’ Food: Dog-Eating and the Dilemma of Diversity.”

From the publisher: “Writing in the tradition of W. E. B. Du Bois, Cornel West, and others who confronted the ‘color line’ of the twentieth century, journalist, scholar, and activist Frank H. Wu offers a unique perspective on how changing ideas of racial identity will affect race relations in the twenty-first century. Wu examines affirmative action, globalization, immigration, and other controversial contemporary issues through the lens of the Asian-American experience. Mixing personal anecdotes, legal cases, and journalistic reporting, Wu confronts damaging Asian-American stereotypes such as ‘the model minority’ and ‘the perpetual foreigner.’ By offering new ways of thinking about race in American society, Wu's work dares us to make good on our great democratic experiment.”

ISBN 9780465006403
List price $19.99
Publisher Basic Books
Year of publication 2003