The Retractability of American Identity from Chinese Americans

A Function of Geopolitical Crises

Jack Fong California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Abstract My essay critically examines how geopolitical crises can set off sectarian tensions and the punishing of ethnic/racial minorities by the dominant ethnic/racial group. I make operative the term ‘ethnocracy,’ defined by Rodolfo Stavenhagen as the dominant ethnic or racial group in control of cultural and material resources in society, to explain how Chinese Americans have been punished locally if geopolitical crises surface. I show how other historical precedents have affected groups like Arab Americans, especially after the September 11, 2001 attacks. 

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