Assimilation and the Gendered Color Line: Hmong Case Studies of Hip-Hop and Import Racing

Assimilation and the Gendered Color Line: Hmong Case Studies of Hip-Hop and Import Racing
Pao Lee Vue
November 2012

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-524-4 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / viii, 202 pages

Price   $67.00

"A welcome contribution to studies of assimilation, popular cultures, and the field of Southeast Asian American studies." -- American Journal of Sociology

Description

Vue explores and analyzes segmented assimilation on the ground using Hmong case studies of hip-hop and import racing. His work sheds light on how second generation children are positioning themselves within the U.S. racial order. Findings indicate that the color line, though blurred, is still very strong in the U.S. and structures how children of immigrants adjust to American life. Through their encounters with exclusion, racism, and even agents of social control, Hmong male participants engage in resistance and create identity by using their cultural “tool kits,” including the popular practices of hip-hop and import racing.

About the Author

Pao Lee Vue is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at St. John Fisher College. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. His research interests include popular culture, deviance, intersectionality, race, and assimilation.