By Fred Ho, Bill V. Mullen
With contributions from activists, artists, and students, Afro Asia is a groundbreaking number of writing at the ancient alliances, cultural connections, and shared political techniques linking African americans and Asian american citizens. Bringing jointly autobiography, poetry, scholarly feedback, and different genres, this quantity represents an activist forefront 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 americans’ reactions to and reports of the Korean “conflict.” participants research the fertile interval of Afro-Asian trade that 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 Nineteen Sixties Asian American activists to Malcolm X and the Black Panthers. Mao Ze Dong’s 1963 and 1968 statements in aid of black liberation are juxtaposed with an outline of the effect of Maoism on African American leftists.
Turning to the humanities, Ishmael Reed offers a short account of ways 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 formative years. 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 id 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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Fred Ho Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen: The Roots to the Black-Asian Conﬂict W hen my Afro Asian Music Ensemble’s debut Soulnote recording was released in late 1985–early 1986, Martin Johnson, a young African American journalist, wrote a feature on me in the City Sun. ’’ It was not until much later, in a 1990 feature on me by Esther Iverem, an African American arts writer for New York Newsday, that I publicly clariﬁed my use of the term ‘‘Afro Asian’’ as inspired by and taken from the ‘‘Afro Asian Unity Conference’’ of Bandung of the mid-1950s.
Engerman and Eugene D. J: Princeton University Press, 1975), 56 (51–81). constituted the ﬁrst signiﬁcant tra≈cking of coolies to Cuba. ∂∂ Not all coolies survived the journey, which stretched from four to eight months. The British ship Panama provided a sobering example of the Chinese coolie middle passage to the harsh ‘‘new world’’: of the 803 coolies taken aboard, only 480 survived. The American ship Challenger took 915 coolies on board, but only 620 survived. ∂∑ These few facts scratch the surface of the Chinese coolie period in Cuba, a penetrating history of human loss for some and proﬁt for others.
Tea with sugar’’ became a wide circle of political economy. While Britain occupied a major role in the coolie trade (then withdrew from coolie tra≈cking to Cuba beginning in 1858), they 38 Lisa Yun were not the only colonial interests involved. ≤∫ Early in their considerations, Cuban planters had discussed the immigration of free whites from Europe. When free white laborers from Europe proved unwilling to work in the sugar cane ﬁelds, however, Cuban landowners opted to import labor from the very people who caused the rising prices of African slaves.