By Fred Ho, Bill V. Mullen
With contributions from activists, artists, and students, Afro Asia is a groundbreaking selection of writing at the historic alliances, cultural connections, and shared political options linking African americans and Asian american citizens. Bringing jointly autobiography, poetry, scholarly feedback, and different genres, this quantity represents an activist leading edge within the cultural fight opposed to oppression.
Afro Asia opens with analyses of old connections among humans of African and of Asian descent. An account of nineteenth-century chinese language employees who fought opposed to slavery and colonialism in Cuba seems along an exploration of African american citizens’ reactions to and reviews of the Korean “conflict.” participants learn the fertile interval of Afro-Asian trade that all started round the time of the 1955 Bandung convention, the 1st assembly of leaders from Asian and African international locations within the postcolonial period. One assesses the connection of 2 vital Sixties Asian American activists to Malcolm X and the Black Panthers. Mao Ze Dong’s 1963 and 1968 statements in help of black liberation are juxtaposed with an outline of the effect of Maoism on African American leftists.
Turning to the humanities, Ishmael Reed presents a short account of the way he met and helped a number of Asian American writers. A Vietnamese American spoken-word artist describes the effect of black hip-hop tradition on working-class city Asian American adolescence. Fred Ho interviews invoice Cole, an African American jazz musician who performs Asian double-reed tools. This pioneering assortment closes with an array of inventive writing, together with poetry, memoir, and a discussion approximately identification and friendship that writers, one eastern American and the opposite African American, have played round the United States.
Contributors: Betsy Esch, Diane C. Fujino, royal hartigan, Kim Hewitt, Cheryl Higashida, Fred Ho,
Everett Hoagland, Robin D. G. Kelley, invoice V. Mullen, David Mura, Ishle Park, Alexs Pate, Thien-bao Thuc Phi, Ishmael Reed, Kalamu Ya Salaam, Maya Almachar Santos, JoYin C. Shih, Ron Wheeler, Daniel Widener, Lisa Yun
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Afro Asia: Revolutionary Political and Cultural Connections between African Americans and Asian Americans by Fred Ho, Bill V. Mullen