BOOK in process

We the Polluted People: Immigrant Generations Remap Citizenship Via Race, Class, Gender & the Body (under advance contract, Stanford University Press)

This book in process examines undocumented Latin@ and marginalized Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) activists for clean air, immigration reform, and school reform in the industrial-port belt of Los Angeles where most of the goods all of us Americans buy are shipped and carted through, much to the health and political detriment of the activists Kim studies. She finds that these groups work on these issues namely by redefining their notions of citizenship and belonging — that is, as a challenge to America’s racially hostile citizenship regime. The activists’ redefinition flows from their own version of community, community activism, and politics in general. As they prioritize in this process the body and emotions, Kim finds that the immigrants claim their disproportionate environmental pollution in their communities, the surveillance and deportation of their unauthorized Latin@ brothers and sisters, the political marginalization of AAPIs, and all of their neglected schools to mean that racism and classism can only be understood as embodied and emotionally unjust, and as giving elites bodily and emotional privilege over “us.” To render this argument, Kim draws on several years of ethnographic fieldwork (as a participant & observer), in-depth interviews, and documents analysis concerning these AAPI and Latin@ activists who, in various ways, are being killed softly.”