“Drawing upon theoretical insights of J.L. Austin, Erving Goffman, Carl Schmitt, Louis Althusser, and Michel Foucault, the author has fashioned an informative and nuanced study, which . . . is certainly provocative and fascinating.”
—The Journal of American History
"Through a host of illuminating examples ranging from Puccini’s Madame Butterfly to the military prisons at Guantánamo to the indie-rock band Dengue Fever, A Race So Different effectively develops the idea of 'racial exception' to characterize the legal statuses and imaginative spaces occupied by Asian Americans. Legal history, theater, and everyday performance come together in this illuminating, profound, and intrepid study."
—Josephine Lee, University of Minnesota
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