Another distinguishing feature of the post-1965 Asian immigration is the predominance of immigrants from South Korea, the Philippines, South Vietnam, and Cambodia, countries deeply affected by U.S. colonialism, war, and neocolonialism. Despite the usual assumption that Asians immigrate from stable, continuous, “traditional” cultures, most of the post-1965 Asian immigrants come from societies already disrupted by colonialism and distorted by upheavals of neocolonial capitalism and war. The material legacy of the repressed history of U.S imperialism in Asia is borne out in the “return” of Asian immigrants to the imperial center. In this sense, these Asian Americans are determined by the history of U.S. involvements in Asia and the historical racialization of Asians in the United States….These immigrants retain precisely the memories of imperialism that the U.S. nation seeks to forget.
Lisa Lowe, Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics (via sarahjhuynh