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Strange Future: Pessimism and the 1992 Los Angeles Riots Paperback – November 10, 2005

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“Min Hyoung Song’s Strange Future asks of us—a public formed by the Los Angeles riots of 1992—what is to be done with the will to revolution in light of the injustices mounting since the 1990s? Clearing precious critical space, Song exemplifies our capture by and necessary revisitation of 1992, as neither fatalism nor melancholy, but a careful hermeneutic of the event and its aftermath: a working-through that is a provision for a possible future. This is a thoughtful work for our serious times.”—Lisa Lowe, author of Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics


“This is one of the most enjoyable, well-written Asian American studies books I have read in the last few years. Min Hyoung Song’s work is a testament to writing well when saying something important.”— Kent Ono, coauthor of Shifting Borders: Rhetoric, Immigration, and California's Proposition 187


“[T]his book is an important contribution to Asian American studies. Not only scholars in Asian American literature but also social scientists studying Asian Americans can learn a great deal from this book about how to analyze social and political problems affecting Asian American experiences by reviewing major cultural products.”
(Pyong Gap Min, Journal of Asian American Studies)

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"Min Song's Strange Future asks of us - a public formed by Los Angeles riots of 1992 - what is to be done with the will to revolution in light of the injustices mounting since the 1990s? Clearing precious critical space, Song exemplifies our capture by and necessary revisitation of 1992, as neither fatalism nor melancholy, but a careful hermeneutic of the event and its aftermath: a working through that is a provision for a possible future. This is a thoughtful work for our serious times." —Lisa Lowe, author of Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics

"This is one of the most enjoyable, well-written, Asian American studies books I have read in the last few years. Min Hyoung Song's work is a testament to writing well when saying something important."— Kent Ono, coauthor of Shifting Borders: Rhetoric, Immigration, and California's Proposition 187 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (November 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822335921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822335924
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This book is much more than a cultural studies consideration of the Los Angeles Uprisings/Riots of 1992, but really a deeper reflection on contemporary US society and culture of which 1992 was the rawest example. Not only wide-ranging in the material that Song engages but also deeply informed by literary criticism and social theory, it is not an overestimation to say that this book is a mark of Song's erudition. And perhaps most importantly, this is one of the most lucid pieces of critical prose that I've read in a long time.
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