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In this essay, we further explore the responses of Arab and South Asian Muslim communities to the War on Terror, and ask whether these responses reveal alliance-building and pan-ethnic identification. Do the targeted groups, now portrayed as monolithic, find solidarity with each other, and if so, what are the bases for their sense of affinity. These questions force us to consider the deeper issues of pan-ethnic and political affiliation that highlight quandaries at the core of Asian American studies: how does a pan-ethnic approach challenge or support the racial and cultural categories used by state and empire to subordinate and divide populations?


Published version. Amerasia Journal, Vol. 31, No. 3 (2005): 1-28. Permalink. © University of California Press 2005. Used with permission.

Louise Cainkar was affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago at time of publication.