‘I’m Here More on Maybe the American Side' : Articulating Relational Identity in Korean American Discourse

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Abstract

Recent research in Asian American studies has attempted to resist and dismantle the stereotype of homogenous Asian American communities. Espiritu's (1992) concept of an Asian American 'panethnicity' takes into account various cultures, histories, and languages, which make up richly diverse, multi-ethnic, multi-generational, and multilingual communities. Others have described how the social practice of racial categorization, resulting in what Omi and Winant (1994) call racialized identities, can place limits on Asian Americans who wish to identify themselves in non-ethnic terms. This diversity within Asian America
suggests that a study of linguistic practices may also reveal dynamic social,
historical, political, as well as cultural processes occurring. Referring to Hymes'
definition of speech communities as those 'sharing knowledge of rules for the
conduct and interpretation of speech' (Hymes 1974: 51), the term becomes less
useful when applied to emerging communities that may not share a common code of conduct and interpretation of speech. Moreover, this assumption may actually gloss over the potential for dynamic change and, in fact, obscure the motivations for and the processes involved in these changes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecent Studies in Empirical Approaches to Language
EditorsToshihide NAKAYAMA, Tsuyoshi ONO, Hongyin TAO
PublisherDepartment of Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara
Pages36 - 46
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSanta Barbara Papers in Linguistics
PublisherUniversity of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Linguistics
Volume12

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KANG, M. A. (2002). ‘I’m Here More on Maybe the American Side' : Articulating Relational Identity in Korean American Discourse. In T. NAKAYAMA, T. ONO, & H. TAO (Eds.), Recent Studies in Empirical Approaches to Language (pp. 36 - 46). (Santa Barbara Papers in Linguistics; Vol. 12). Department of Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara.