Afro-Asian Solidarity in 20th Century Black America, Japan, and Okinawa
Publisher: New York University Press
Date Written: 01/07/2013
Year Published: 2013
Pages: 254 pp Price: $22 (pbk.) ISBN: 9780814762646
Resource Type: Book
Cx Number: CX20990
This work introduces the social movements in black America, Japan, and Okinawa that formed Afro-Asian solidarities against the practice of white supremacy in the 20th century.
Transpacific Antiracism introduces the dynamic process out of which social movements in Black America, Japan, and Okinawa formed Afro-Asian solidarities against the practice of white supremacy in the twentieth century. Yuichiro Onishi argues that in the context of forging Afro-Asian solidarities, race emerged as a political category of struggle with a distinct moral quality and vitality.
This book explores the work of Black intellectual-activists of the first half of the twentieth century, including Hubert Harrison and W. E. B. Du Bois, that took a pro-Japan stance to articulate the connection between local and global dimensions of antiracism. Turning to two places rarely seen as a part of the Black experience, Japan and Okinawa, the book also presents the accounts of a group of Japanese scholars shaping the Black studies movement in post-surrender Japan and multiracial coalition-building in U.S.-occupied Okinawa during the height of the Vietnam War which brought together local activists, peace activists, and antiracist and antiwar GIs. Together these cases of Afro-Asian solidarity make known political discourses and projects that reworked the concept of race to become a wellspring of aspiration for a new society.
Table of Contents:
Part I Discources
1 New Negro Radicalism and Pro-Japan Provocation
2 W.E. B. Du Bois's Afro-Asian Philosophy of World History
Part II Collectives
3 The Making of "Colored-Internationalism" in Postwar Japan
4 The Presence of (Black) Liberation in Occupied Okinawa