New PDF release: AfroAsian Encounters: Culture, History, Politics

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

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

How may perhaps we comprehend yellowface performances by way of African americans in Nineteen Thirties swing diversifications of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, Paul Robeson's help of Asian and Asian American struggles, or the absorption of hip hop by means of Asian American adolescence culture?

AfroAsian Encounters is the 1st anthology to examine the mutual impression of and relationships among contributors of the African and Asian diasporas. whereas those teams have frequently been considered occupying incommensurate, if no longer opposing, cultural and political positions, students from background, literature, media, and the visible arts right here 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 overdue 19th century to the present.

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

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Through this allegation of prostitution, immigration authorities effectively disallowed the entry of nearly all Chinese women into the United States. After the 1882 Exclusion Act, this prohibition on women was nearly absolute, the wives of merchants being the 32 s a n d a m a y z a w l w i n one notable exception. Act of Feb. 18, 1875, ch. 80, 18 Stat. 318. See Leti Volpp, “Engendering Culture,” paper presented at the annual conference of the Asian American Studies Association, Los Angeles, California, 23 April 2005.

6. As Neil Gotanda explains: “American racial classification follows two formal rules: 1) Rule of Recognition: Any person whose Black-African ancestry is visible is Black. ” Neil Gotanda, “A Critique of ‘Our Constitution Is Color-Blind,’” Stanford Literature Review 44 (1991): 24. For a booklength study of the one drop of blood rule, see F. James Davis, Who Is Black? One Nation’s Definition (University Park: Penn State University Press, 1991). 7. Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson (1894) (New York: Penguin Books, 1986), 64.

The Railroad and the Promise of Mobility It is ironic that Harlan’s invocation of the Chinaman—his fictional narrative of a Chinese man boarding a “whites only” car—occurs during the period of Chinese exclusion as well as in the imagined space of the railroad. Chinese laborers were crucial to the completion of the transcontinental railroad and comprised over 90 percent of the railroad’s ten thousand workers. 23 Instead, he chooses to pit the experiences of one racialized minority against another.

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