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With a Foreword by Vijay Prashad and an Afterword by Gary Okihiro

How might we understand yellowface performances by African Americans in 1930s swing adaptations of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, Paul Robeson's support of Asian and Asian American struggles, or the absorption of hip hop by Asian American youth culture?

AfroAsian Encounters is the first anthology to look at the mutual influence of and relationships between members of the African and Asian diasporas. While these two groups have often been thought of as occupying incommensurate, if not opposing, cultural and political positions, scholars from history, literature, media, and the visual arts here trace their interconnections and interactions, as well as the tensions between the two groups that sometimes arise. AfroAsian Encounters probes beyond popular culture to trace the historical lineage of these coalitions from the late nineteenth century to the present.

A foreword by Vijay Prashad sets the volume in the context of the Bandung conference half a century ago, and an afterword by Gary Okihiro charts the contours of a “Black Pacific.” From the history of Japanese jazz composers to the current popularity of black/Asian “buddy films” like Rush Hour, AfroAsian Encounters is a groundbreaking intervention into studies of race and ethnicity and a crucial look at the shifting meaning of race in the twenty-first century.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword - Bandung Is Done: Passages in AfroAsian Epistemology
  2. pp. xi-xxiii
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  1. Introduction: AfroAsian Encounters: Culture, History, Politics
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Part I: Positioning AfroAsian Racial Identities
  2. pp. 15-16
  1. “ A Race So Different from Our Own”: Segregation, Exclusion, and the Myth of Mobility
  2. pp. 17-33
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  1. Crossings in Prose: Jade Snow Wong and the Demand for a New Kind of Expert
  2. pp. 34-49
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  1. Complicating Racial Binaries: Asian Canadians and African Canadians as Visible Minorities
  2. pp. 50-67
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  1. One People, One Nation?: Creolization and Its Tensions in Trinidadian and Guyanese Fiction
  2. pp. 68-85
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  1. Black-and-Tan Fantasies: Interracial Contact between Blacks and South Asians in Film
  2. pp. 86-100
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  1. Part II: Confronting the Color Hierarchy
  2. pp. 101-102
  1. “It Takes Some Time to Learn the Right Words”: The Vietnam War in African American Novels
  2. pp. 103-123
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  1. Chutney, Métissage, and Other Mixed Metaphors: Reading Indo Caribbean Art in Afro Caribbean Contexts
  2. pp. 124-145
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  1. These Are the Brea: ksHip-Hop and AfroAsian Cultural (Dis)Connections
  2. pp. 146-164
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  1. Part III: Performing AfroAsian Identities
  2. pp. 165-166
  1. Racing American Modernity: Black Atlantic Negotiations of Asia and the “Swing” Mikados
  2. pp. 167-187
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  1. Black Bodies/Yellow Masks: The Orientalist Aesthetic in Hip-Hop and Black Visual Culture
  2. pp. 188-203
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  1. The Rush Hour of Black/Asian Coalitions?: Jackie Chan and Blackface Minstrelsy
  2. pp. 204-222
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  1. Performing Postmodernist Passing: Nikki S. Lee, Tuff, and Ghost Dog in Yellowface/Blackface
  2. pp. 223-242
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  1. Part IV: Celebrating Unity
  2. pp. 243-244
  1. Persisting Solidarities: Tracing the AfroAsian Thread in U.S. Literature and Culture
  2. pp. 245-259
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  1. Internationalism and Justice: Paul Robeson, Asia, and Asian Americans
  2. pp. 260-276
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  1. “Jazz That Eats Rice”: Toshiko Akiyoshi’s Roots Music
  2. pp. 277-294
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  1. Kickin’ the White Man’s Ass: Black Power, Aesthetics, and the Asian Martial Arts
  2. pp. 295-312
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  1. Afterword: Toward a Black Pacific
  2. pp. 313-330
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 331-334
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 335-342
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814769270
Related ISBN
9780814775806
MARC Record
OCLC
607353358
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2012-06-26
Language
English
Open Access
No
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