Race and the City
192 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Jul 2007
Release Date:08 Nov 2006
Release Date:01 Jul 2007

Race and the City

Chinese Canadian and Chinese American Political Mobilization

UBC Press
In Race and the City, Shanti Fernando presents an elegant analysis of the mechanisms of political mobilization under systemic racism that draws on case studies, interviews, and a detailed understanding of the racialized legal and sociocultural histories of both the United States and Canada. She argues that while increasing diversity may be a challenge for systemic inclusiveness, it is one that must be met if Canada is to uphold its vision of a truly democratic society.
Matters of social justice and of diverse cities are increasingly important, both for scholars of ethnic and urban studies, and for community groups and policy-makers. Without question, the political participation of racialized minorities in multicultural cities is a critical subject, one that Race and the City handles deftly. Lloyd Wong, co-editor of Transnational Identities and Practices in Canada
A fascinating contribution to a dialogue on alternative forms of political participation by Chinese community groups in two multicultural North American cities. Race and the City should be read by students and scholars of urban politics, race relations, political science, and ethnic studies, as well as by those community leaders mobilizing for political change. Kim Geron, author of Latino Political Power
In her exploration of the processes of marginalization and mobilization of the Chinese communities in two multiracial cities, Shanti Fernando charts new ground, critically challenging the way we think about political inclusion. Myer Siemiatycki, Director, Graduate Program in Immigration and Settlement Studies, Ryerson University
Shanti Fernando is an assistant professor of political science at York University.



1 Introduction: Racing against Time and Place

2 Systemic Racism in Canada

3 Toronto: Political Participation and Chinese Canadian Community Groups in the Multicultural City

4 Systemic Racism in the United States

5 Los Angeles: Political Mobilization and the Place of Chinese/Asian American Community Groups in the Multicultural City

6 Conclusion: Racing into the Future 

Appendix: Interview





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