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

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

How may we comprehend yellowface performances through African americans in Nineteen Thirties swing variations 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 impression of and relationships among contributors of the African and Asian diasporas. whereas those teams have frequently been considered occupying incommensurate, if now not opposing, cultural and political positions, students from historical past, 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 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 via Gary Okihiro charts the contours of a “Black Pacific.” From the background of eastern jazz composers to the present acclaim for black/Asian “buddy motion pictures” like Rush Hour, AfroAsian Encounters is a groundbreaking intervention into experiences of race and ethnicity and a very important examine the transferring which means of race within the twenty-first century.

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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. 8. Plessy v. S. at 537. 9. Ibid. 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?

That Harlan imagines the “Chinaman” as present within the borders of the nation further underscores its representation as an alien who is trespassing. The imagined body of the “Chinaman” troubles the order of the color line in a different way from Homer Plessy (who was intentionally chosen to test the separate car laws on the railways because he was “light enough” to pass). Rather than confounding the rigid categories of the “two races” that make up the color line, the figure of the “Chinaman” disrupts the notion that there are only two races by occupying simultaneously a position of nonblack and nonwhite.

18 Harlan attempts to expose the hypocrisy of a legal system that granted citizenship rights to African Americans through the Civil War Amendments, allowed them by law, to share in the political control of the nation as citizens, yet criminalized them, also by law, for sharing the same space on a railway car as white citizens. S. political and legal calculus. He configures both citizenship and membership in the American nation as a right one can earn by proving loyalty to the nation-state. 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.

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