The Routledge Companion to Asian American Media offers readers a comprehensive examination of the way that Asian Americans have engaged with media, from the long history of Asian American actors and stories that have been featured in mainstream film and television, to the birth and development of a distinctly Asian American cinema, to the ever-shifting frontiers of Asian American digital media. Contributor essays focus on new approaches to the study of Asian American media including explorations of transnational and diasporic media, studies of intersectional identities encompassed by queer or mixed race Asian Americans, and examinations of new media practices that challenge notions of representation, participation, and community. Expertly organized to represent work across disciplines, this companion is an essential reference for the study of Asian American media and cultural studies.

chapter 1|7 pages


Why Asian American Media Matters

part I|52 pages

Theorizing Representation: Visions and Voices of Asian America

chapter 2|15 pages

Claiming a Voice

chapter 3|11 pages

Diasporic Soundscapes of Belonging

Mediating Chineseness with Shanghai Restoration Project

chapter 5|12 pages

Asian American Media Public Vernaculars

Debating the State of Asian American Media

part II|44 pages

Asian American Media Production

chapter 6|11 pages

The Coin of the Realm

Valuing the Asian American Feature-Length Film

chapter 7|9 pages

Using the Tools of the YouTube Generation

How to Serve Communities through Asian American Film Festivals

chapter 8|13 pages

Overcoming Barriers to Representation

Lessons from Asian American Women Directors

chapter 9|9 pages

“Perpetual Foreigners” in America

Transnationalism and Transformations of Asian American Cultural Identities in Three Documentary Films

part III|50 pages

Hybrid Asian Americans

chapter 10|12 pages

Queer Experimental Asian American Media

chapter 11|12 pages

Rewriting History

Adoptee Documentaries as a Site of Truth-Telling

chapter 12|11 pages


Digital Portraits of Mixed Race Families from Slate to Tumblr

chapter 13|13 pages

Black/Asian Hybridities

Multiracial Asian/Americans on The Voice

part IV|54 pages

Asian American New Media

chapter 14|13 pages

Asian America Gone Viral

A Genealogy of Asian American YouTubers and Memes

chapter 15|11 pages

Asian America on Demand

Asian Americans, Media Networks, and a Matrix Stage

chapter 16|14 pages

Reflections on #Solidarity

Intersectional Movements in AAPI Communities

part V|52 pages

Expanding the Borders of Asian America

chapter 18|12 pages

Vietnamese Diasporic Films and the Construction of Dysfunctional Transnational Families

The Rebel and Owl and the Sparrow

chapter 19|13 pages

Constructing Korean America

KoreAm Journal and the Construction of Second-Generation Korean American Diasporic Identifications

chapter 20|13 pages

South Asians and the Call Center Narrative

Accents and Cross-Cultural Communication in TV’s Outsourced

chapter 21|12 pages

Transnational Ties

Elite Filipino Migrants and Polymedia Environments