By Heike Raphael-Hernandez, Shannon Steen, Gary Okihiro, Vijay Prashad
With a Foreword by means of Vijay Prashad and an Afterword via Gary Okihiro
How may well we comprehend yellowface performances via African americans in 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 formative years culture?
AfroAsian Encounters is the 1st anthology to examine the mutual impact of and relationships among individuals of the African and Asian diasporas. whereas those teams have usually been considered occupying incommensurate, if now not opposing, cultural and political positions, students from heritage, 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 historic lineage of those coalitions from the overdue 19th century to the present.
A foreword by means of Vijay Prashad units the quantity within the context of the Bandung convention part a century in the past, and an afterword via Gary Okihiro charts the contours of a “Black Pacific.” From the heritage of jap jazz composers to the present approval for black/Asian “buddy movies” like Rush Hour, AfroAsian Encounters is a groundbreaking intervention into stories of race and ethnicity and an important examine the moving that means of race within the twenty-first century.
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Extra resources for AfroAsian Encounters: Culture, History, Politics
A Chinaman of the Ordinary Laundry Type” Literature shows us law’s unarticulated possibilities, the moments at which the law might bend. What the legal case does not reveal is the flexibility of the law. Once Miller has been excluded from the “white car” and exiled to (or, included in) the “colored car,” he moves from the position of subjected subject to the position of full observer in a subjected car. “Properly” contained within the space of the colored car, he asserts his own authority as a spectator.
It is noteworthy that Chesnutt does not comment any further about the appearance of the Chinese man. Despite the acute awareness of class issues throughout the novel, he makes no comment on the inclusion of what appears to be a Chinese laborer—to be specific, a “Chinaman, of the laundry type”—in the whites only car. The Chinaman boards the train and sits in the white car without objection. Aside from this acknowledgment, neither Miller nor Chesnutt offers any further response. The Chinaman passes onto the white car—and onto the page of the text without further comment.
10. Ibid. at 538. 11. Albion Tourgée, one of Plessy’s attorneys, argued in his brief, “Probably most white persons if given a choice, would prefer death to life in the United States as colored persons. Under these conditions, is it possible to conclude that the reputation of being white is not property? ” Brief for Homer Plessy in Error at 9, as quoted in Cheryl Harris, “Whiteness as Property,” Harvard Law Review 106 (1993): 1748. Harris’s article traces the origins of the notion of whiteness as property in American law.
AfroAsian Encounters: Culture, History, Politics by Heike Raphael-Hernandez, Shannon Steen, Gary Okihiro, Vijay Prashad