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date: 04 June 2020

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Focusing on the analysis of race, space, and place, this article traces the development of Asian American urban history, ranging from early emphases on the establishment of ethnic enclaves to more recent concerns about suburbanization. It explains how and why urban history gained prominence during the 1960s and 1970s in conjunction with immigration and African American history, while identifying the theoretical and methodological factors that accounted for the initial gulf between urban history and Asian American history. It then reviews developments of the past two decades that have brought the two fields closer together as concerns about spatiality have been drawn into intersectional analyses of race, class, gender, and sexuality. The article seeks to highlight critical works and notable authors who have defined and reshaped these trends in historiography.

Keywords: Asian American, African American, urban immigration, race, place, space

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