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Between Black And White: The Coloring Of Asian Americans, Kim D. Chanbonpin Jan 2015

Between Black And White: The Coloring Of Asian Americans, Kim D. Chanbonpin

Washington University Global Studies Law Review

As in other ethnic and racial groups, colorism plays a significant role in the social interactions in and among Asian Americans. Investigating colorism in the Asian American community provides insights into how group members construct their own racial identities in relation to the broader race-stratified society. A colorism inquiry is a necessary intervention into the existing discourse of Asian American identity construction because it complicates common understandings of the Black/White binary in ways that shed new light on inter- and intra-racial relationships. This article addresses colorism in the Asian American community, and demonstrates both how Asian Americans have been ...