AfroAsian Encounters: Culture, History, Politics by Heike Raphael-Hernandez, Shannon Steen, Gary Okihiro, Vijay

By Heike Raphael-Hernandez, Shannon Steen, Gary Okihiro, Vijay Prashad

With a Foreword by means of Vijay Prashad and an Afterword through Gary Okihiro

How may possibly we comprehend yellowface performances through African americans in Nineteen Thirties swing diversifications of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, Paul Robeson's aid of Asian and Asian American struggles, or the absorption of hip hop via Asian American formative years culture?

AfroAsian Encounters is the 1st anthology to examine the mutual impression of and relationships among individuals of the African and Asian diasporas. whereas those teams have frequently been regarded as occupying incommensurate, if now not opposing, cultural and political positions, students from historical past, literature, media, and the visible arts the following hint their interconnections and interactions, in addition to the tensions among the 2 teams that typically come up. AfroAsian Encounters probes past pop culture to track the old lineage of those coalitions from the past due 19th century to the present.

A foreword via Vijay Prashad units the quantity within the context of the Bandung convention part a century in the past, and an afterword through Gary Okihiro charts the contours of a “Black Pacific.” From the background of jap jazz composers to the present acclaim for black/Asian “buddy motion pictures” like Rush Hour, AfroAsian Encounters is a groundbreaking intervention into reports of race and ethnicity and a vital examine the moving which means of race within the twenty-first century.

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21 Harlan draws on the notion of the American soldier as the quintessential citizen, yet the image of the African American soldier fighting for the nation is chronologically disjunctive—“citizens of the black race” who fought in the Civil War did so before they were legally citizens. He counters this discrepancy with the image of the Chinese “coolie” who has no legal claim to the nation, a “race so different” he is forbidden from entering the country. That Harlan imagines the “Chinaman” as present within the borders of the nation further underscores its representation as an alien who is trespassing.

Therefore . . it shall not be lawful for any Chinese laborer to come, or having come . . ” Chinese Exclusion Act, ch. 126, 22 Stat. 58, Sec. 1 (1882). Chinese who were not laborers including merchants, students, diplomats, and travelers were allowed to enter and stay. S. S. citizenship of Chinese born in the United States. See In re Look Tin Sing, 21 F. D. Cal. 1884). Subsequent legislation was enacted to exclude all Chinese from the United States. Act of July 9, 1884, ch. 220, 23 Stat. 115; Act of May 5, 1892, ch.

2 Though it is possible to treat Park’s account of the racial uniform as an early example of figurations of Asian Americans as a “model minority” or an illustration of how notions of “otherness” shape sociological theories of race, such readings do not enable us to ask questions about the particular implications of this figure for Asian American and African American racial formations. If Park saw assimilation into the United States mainstream as an inevitable and natural process for European immigrant groups, he clearly identified “Negroes” and “Orientals” as exceptions to this pattern.

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