Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the 1990s to Now

Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the 1990s to Now

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Cultural critic Jeff Yang, blogger Phil Yu of Angry Asian Man, and Wong Fu Productions’ Philip Wang team up (with iconic guests!) for a graphic romp through the ups and downs of how, over the past three decades, Asian Americans went from quiet and invisible to incredibly relevant and irresistibly cool

The first generation of U.S.-born Asian Americans raised after 1965’s Hart-Cellar Act passed would have found it difficult to imagine that sushi and boba would one day be beloved by all, that a Korean boy band named BTS would be the biggest musical act in the world, that one of the biggest movies of 2018 would be Crazy Rich Asians, or that a Facebook group for Asian-American identity memes would be 2 million members strong. And that’s not mentioning the execs working behind the scenes at major companies; the activists and representatives fighting for equity; and the singers, rappers, dance crews, and social media pioneers making their mark on pop culture. And still: Asian America is just getting started.

In this intimate, eye-opening, and frequently hilarious guided tour through the pop-cultural touchstones and sociopolitical shifts of the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and beyond, Jeff Yang, Phil Yu, and Phil Wang chronicle how we’ve arrived at today’s unprecedented diversity of Asian-American cultural representation through engaging, interactive graphics (like a step-by-step walk-through of a typical night out in Koreatown (for those who probably won't remember it the day after), charts (how much has yellowface fluctuated decade over decade?), graphic essays from major AAPI artists, exclusive roundtables with Asian-American cultural icons, and more, framed by extended insider narratives of each decade by the three co-authors. Rise is an informative, lively, and inclusive celebration of community, and will remain a cultural touchstone for years to come.

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  • Format: Hardcover

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358508090

  • ISBN-10: 0358508096

  • Pages: 288

  • Price: $26.00

  • Publication Date: 11/30/2021

  • Carton Quantity: 12

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Jeff Yang

JEFF YANG has been observing, exploring, and writing about the Asian American community for over thirty years. He launched one the first Asian American national magazines, A. Magazine, in the late 90s and early 2000s, and now writes frequently for CNN, Quartz, Slateand elsewhere.  He has written/edited three books—Jackie Chan's New York Times-bestselling memoir I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action, Once Upon a Time in China, a history of the cinemas of Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Mainland, and Eastern Standard Time: A Guide to Asian Influence on American Culture. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.
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Phil Yu

PHIL YU is the founder and editor of the popular Asian American news and culture blog, Angry Asian Man, which has had a devoted following since 2002. His commentary has been featured and quoted in the The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.
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Philip Wang

PHILIP WANG is the co-founder of the hugely influential maker channel Wong Fu Productions, which has over 3 million subscribers and 500 million views. His creative work has been recognized by Barack Obama, as well as by NPR and CNN for its emotional depth and authentic representation of Asian Americans.  He lives in Los Angeles, CA.
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    Awkwafina. Andrew Yang. Mindy Kaling. Kamala Harris. We’ve never before lived in a moment where so many Asian American names have been on the tips of American tongues--the first generation of U.S.-born Asian Americans raised after 1965’s Hart-Cellar Act passed would have found it difficult to imagine that sushi and bubble tea would one day be beloved by all, that a Korean boyband named BTS would be on the cover of TIME, that one of the biggest movies of 2018 would be CRAZY RICH ASIANS, or that a Facebook group of Asian-American identity memes would have almost 2 million members. And that’s not mentioning the Asian American execs behind the scenes at some of the biggest companies in history, the Asian American activists and representatives fighting for equity, the singers, rappers, dance crews, Youtube, and Instagram pioneers making their mark on pop culture. 

     

    Relatively speaking, we’ve only just arrived here. A little over thirty years ago, the country’s only real Asian American icon was Sixteen Candle’s Long Duk Dong. Moving through the pop-cultural touchstones and socio-political shifts of the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s and beyond, Jeff Yang and his fellow cowriters chronicle how we’ve arrived at today’s unprecedented diversity of Asian American cultural representation, through engaging, interactive graphics (like side-by-side comparisons of all of our beloved Asian grocery stores), charts (what’s the exact ratio of yellowface to actual representation per decade?), comics from major artists like Gene Luen Yang, exclusive interviews with Asian American comedians, essays from each three of the co-authors, and more. RISE is an informative, lively, and inclusive celebration of community, and will remain a cultural touchstone for years to come. 

Available Resources

Related Categories

  • Format: Hardcover

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358508090

  • ISBN-10: 0358508096

  • Pages: 288

  • Price: $26.00

  • Publication Date: 11/30/2021

  • Carton Quantity: 12

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