Linda Trinh Võ, Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine, reviews three books: (1) Racial Politics in an Era of Transnational Citizenship: The 1996 “Asian Donorgate” Controversy in Perspective; (2) Elusive Citizenship: Immigration, Asian Americans, and the Paradox of Civil Rights; (3) Probationary Americans: Contemporary Immigration Policies and the Shaping of Asian American Communities. The three books focus on how Asian Americans directly and indirectly reshape immigration policies, political institutions, and ethnic communities. The first book is about how Asian Americans, who were marginalized and seen as invisible in the electoral process, became imbedded in the 1996 campaign finance controversy. The author focuses on the perpetual foreigner myth and structural exclusion. The second book focuses on the history of exclusionary immigration and citizenship policies, and examine how they influence and affect modern laws.The third text focuses on how current immigration policies affect who is eligible to be an immigrant or refugee, and how this has affected the Asian American community.
Read the book review at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1747-7379.2007.00064.x/full