Transpacific Antiracism
Afro-Asian Solidarity in 20th Century Black America, Japan, and Okinawa

Onishi, Yuichiro
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.


Publisher's Description:

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

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