Afroasian Encounters: Culture, History, Politics

Synopsis

"As fresh and exciting as it is important. This crucial book changes the conversation around American Studies and Ethnic Studies in key ways, challenging scholars to light out for previously-uncharted places on our mental maps in which borders are interrogated and challenged, alliances forged through imagined communities, commerce, popular culture, or politics are investigated and probed, and questions that are simultaneously new, and half a century old, are revivified. This volume, the first interdisciplinary anthology dealing with Afro Asian encounters, stands to become a landmark work in the field." - Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Stanford University

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 Encountersis 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.Afro Asian Encountersprobes beyond popular culture to trace the historical lineage of these coalitions from the late nineteenth century to the present. A compelling foreword by Vijay Prashad sets the volume in the context of the Bandung conference half a century ago, and an illuminating 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,Afro Asian Encountersis a groundbreaking intervention into studies of race and ethnicity and a crucial look at the shifting meaning of race in the twenty-first century.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Vijay Prashad
  • Sanda Mayzaw Lwin
  • Cynthia Tolentino
  • Eleanor Ty
  • Lourdes López Ropero
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2006

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