Unsettling the Gold Mountain: Asian Americans in Decolonial Resistance
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This thesis examines Asian American identity within the context of North American settler-colonialism. Through interviews with seven individuals, I place focus on the experience of settlers as they/we challenge the colonial logics which deny sovereignty to indigenous peoples. Understanding decolonization as a multitude of processes determined by indigenous peoples, and which challenge the colonial institutions of white supremacy and capitalism, I look at the ways which Asian Americans can enact solidarity. This thesis seeks to engage in the self-critical dialogue that is necessary for collective action against oppressive institutions. At the same time, it begins to imagine relationships that defy colonialism and embrace an ethic of responsibility.