East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture

Front Cover
Shilpa Davé, LeiLani Nishime, Tasha G. Oren
NYU Press, 2005 - Art - 382 pages
0 Reviews

Sports fans love to don paint and feathers to cheer on the Washington Redskins and the Cleveland Indians, the Atlanta Braves, the Florida State Seminoles, and the Warriors and Chiefs of their hometown high schools. But outside the stadiums, American Indians aren't cheering--they're yelling racism.

School boards and colleges are bombarded with emotional demands from both sides, while professional teams find themselves in court defending the right to trademark their Indian names and logos. In the face of opposition by a national anti-mascot movement, why are fans so determined to retain the fictional chiefs who plant flaming spears and dance on the fifty-yard line?

To answer this question, Dancing at Halftime takes the reader on a journey through the American imagination where our thinking about American Indians has been, and is still being, shaped. Dancing at Halftime is the story of Carol Spindel's determination to understand why her adopted town is so passionately attached to Chief Illiniwek, the American Indian mascot of the University of Illinois. She rummages through our national attic, holding dusty souvenirs from world's fairs and wild west shows, Edward Curtis photographs, Boy Scout handbooks, and faded football programs up to the light. Outside stadiums, while American Indian Movement protestors burn effigies, she listens to both activists and the fans who resent their attacks. Inside hearing rooms and high schools, she poses questions to linguists, lawyers, and university alumni.

A work of both persuasion and compassion, Dancing at Halftime reminds us that in America, where Pontiac is a car and Tecumseh a summer camp, Indians are often our symbolic servants, functioning as mascots and metaphors that express our longings to become "native" Americans, and to feel at home in our own land.


What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Related books


Cultural Legacy and Memories
Indian Cinema Abroad
Pop Culture and the Revaluation
Whose Paradise? Hawaii Desire and
Miss Cherry Blossom Meets Mainstream America
Alllooksame? Mediating Asian American
Cibo Mattos Stereotype
About the Contributors

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

References from web pages

Secret Asian Man
East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture Edited by Shilpa Davé, leilani Nishime and Tasha G. Oren Forward by Robert G. Lee Published by NYU Press ...
www.secretasianman.com/ merch.htm

East Main Street : Asian American Popular Culture
textbooksrus.com Save 50-90% off New & Used Books and Textbooks. Absolute lowest prices! Free Shipping. Fast Delivery
www.textbooksrus.com/ search/ bookdetail/ ?isbn=9780814719633

Shilpa Dave - Celebrity Sightings and Sensationalist Mysteries ...
She is co-editor of East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture (NYU Press, 2005) and is currently working on a book entitled Privileged Minorities: ...
muse.jhu.edu/ journals/ journal_of_asian_american_studies/ v008/ 8.3dave.html

| Recent Scholarship | The Journal of American History, 92.2 | The ...
Davé, Shilpa, leilani Nishime, and Tasha G. Oren, eds., East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture. (New York: New York University Press, 2005. xvi, ...
www.historycooperative.org/ journals/ jah/ 92.2/ rs_6.html

Dr Jane Park - Gender & Cultural Studies - The University of Sydney
She has published articles in Global Media Journal and World Literature Today and book chapters in East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture edited ...
www.arts.usyd.edu.au/ departs/ gcs/ staff/ profiles/ jpark.shtml

East Main Street :Asian American popular culture
East Main Street :Asian American popular culture. [ 美國文化 ] 22 三月, 2007 22:40::點閱 ... 共0 迴響於"East Main Street :Asian American popular culture" ...
blog.lib.nctu.edu.tw/ book/ check.php?id=661256

Findbook > 商品簡介> East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture
East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture ... 內容簡介. East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture. 此商品目前尚無簡介資料 ...
findbook.tw/ b/ ISBN/ 0814719635

Mid-Semester Self-Evaluation Instructions
East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture. Eds. Shilpa Davé, leilani Nishime, and Tasha Oren. New York: New York University Press, 2005. ...
coolditty.com/ asam320/ Instructions%20-%20Writing%20Assignments.doc

【楽天市場】East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture:楽天 ...
East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture(East Main Street: Asian ... タイトル:East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture:EAST MAIN STREET ...
item.rakuten.co.jp/ book/ 5422022/

Newsletter 2006.qxd
The. Asian American. University of Connecticut. Newsletter of the Asian American Studies Institute. No. 12, Fall 2006. As an. Amer can. Stud es. Inst tute ...
asianamerican.uconn.edu/ news2006.pdf

About the author (2005)

Shilpa Dave is assistant professor of American studies at Brandeis University.

LeiLani Nishime is associate professor of American multicultural studies at Sonoma State University.

Tasha G. Orenis assistant professor of film and media studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Bibliographic information