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Black Power, Yellow Power, and the Making of Revolutionary Identities

Rychetta Watkins

Publication Year: 2012

Published by: University Press of Mississippi


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Title Page, Copyright

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p. v

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pp. vii-viii

Working with words makes you acutely aware of how inadequately and incompletely they capture the fullness of human emotion. These few words can capture only the shadow of my gratitude and provide the barest hint of the depths of my esteem...

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Introduction: Developing a Critical Perspective on Power in Literature

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pp. 3-20

Even in the growing body of work devoted to AfroAsian studies, very few scholars mention, let alone focus on, “Yellow Power.” Much of this scholarship is preoccupied with black and Asian cooperation in radical political movements, in particular the nonalignment...

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1. Translating Fanon: Black and Yellow Power as American Anticolonialisms

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pp. 21-52

This sentiment, expressed in the closing lines of the introduction to Frantz Fanon’s 1952 treatise on the psyche of the colonized, seems eerily prescient in light of Fanon’s early death from complications of leukemia at the age of thirty-six, a mere nine years after the publication...

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2. From Gorilla to Guerilla: Defining Revolutionary Identity

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pp. 53-81

The title of this chapter plays on gorilla/guerilla, but it also signifies on dehumanizing discourses of American-style racism that compared black and yellow people to gorillas, apes, and orangutans in order to justify the array of legal, political, social, and religious ideologies that...

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Chapter Three: Power and the Ivory Tower: Academics as Intellectual Guerillas

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pp. 82-113

Gidra and The Black Panther facilitated the guerilla’s move from image to identity position. This transition from subject to subjectivity established the guerilla as a participant in American political discourse. With the broadening of this identity, those who believed...

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4. Reading Resistance: The Guerilla in Literature

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pp. 114-142

Since the beginning of this project during my graduate school days, the fields of Black Power Studies, Asian American Studies, and AfroAsian Studies have exploded. The increased attention to the areas directly related to my research has resulted in not only a rapid proliferation of...

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5. Promise vs. Praxis: The Legacies of Power

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pp. 143-151

For a long time, this project was entitled “The Triumph of Cultural Nationalism: Asian American and African American Nationalism, Colonialism, and the Intersections of Identity Politics and Literary Study, 1967–1983.” Yes, I know, long title. But that title represents...


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pp. 153-172


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pp. 173-186


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pp. 187-190

E-ISBN-13: 9781617031625
E-ISBN-10: 1617031623
Print-ISBN-13: 9781617031618
Print-ISBN-10: 1617031615

Publication Year: 2012

OCLC Number: 867788039
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  • Asian Americans -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
  • African Americans -- Relations with Asian Americans.
  • African Americans -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
  • American literature -- Asian American authors -- History and criticism.
  • Black power in literature.
  • Power (Social sciences) in literature.
  • African Americans -- Race identity.
  • American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism
  • Asian Americans -- Ethnic identity.
  • Black power -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
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