After the Russo-Japanese War W. E. B. Du Bois proclaimed “the magic of the word ‘white’ is already broken” and “the awakening of the yellow races is certain… the awakening of the brown and black races will follow in time.” A century later, we see two races more in conflict, more in harmony than before, and what we can be sure is that the two races will rise together or nothing--in the pandemic America where Black (and Hispanic) people suffer disproportionate deaths and Asian (American) face skyrocketing anti-Asian racism. Amid the war of the virus and racism, we clearly see the intimacy between Black and Asian communities: Asian communities all across the US or worldwide join the recent BLM movement; Black politicians and attorneys initiate political and legal platform against hate crimes and discrimination against Asian people. This virtual panel will pause and celebrate the Afro-Asian friendship, a hardcore brotherhood and sisterhood in American society, literature, pop culture, music, and everyday lives--moving forward and together.
We invite proposals for this virtual (online) session exploring any aspect of Afro-Asian coalition-building projects in literary or cultural studies, with interest in engaging across cross-racial, interracial, or interminority studies bridging Black and Asian cultures and values. The tension and conflicts of interminority in the US, especially the Black-Asian conflicts, have been a big issue… but is it really the issue between the two communities only? Afro-Asian solidarity means a lot to both Black and Asian groups as their coalition, connection, allyship, and understanding have been undermined for decades, for many reasons, but here we gather to call out to say the Afro-Asian solidarity is revolutionary.
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