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Diasporic Intersections: African/East Asian Encounters in Postcolonial Contexts

Diasporic Intersections: African/East Asian Encounters in Postcolonial Contexts A new current of racialist thought, tied loosely to the older, European, imperialist archive of “biological” and culturalist pseudoknowledge, has picked up momentum recently and, in a move that traverses established boundaries, is accumulating under one purview culturally singular or morphologically distinctive peoples who may have originated in East Asia but who now reside outside Asia proper. This trend is redolent of an earlier event, initiated half a millennium ago, by which similarly variegated peoples originating from the African continent were transformed into “Negroes” and “blacks.” Construction of a pan-“Asian” or “Asian Pacific Islander” identity, under conditions that reflect the immediate contestation of European social and economic hegemony (as well as the revanchist tenor of reenergized “white” supremacist projects) is a development of enormous historical moment. The uses to which this new construct is put-augmenting the strength of existing sites of racialized power or helping to disassemble these sites-will without question impact ongoing efforts that seek empowerment for diasporic Africans and other historically subaltern racialized groups. positions 4:3 Winter 1996 This special issue ofpositions seeks interdisciplinary offerings, reflective essays, theory, specialist studies, and monographic writings that focus on how the complex condominiums of racial ideology, economic status, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png positions asia critique Duke University Press

Diasporic Intersections: African/East Asian Encounters in Postcolonial Contexts

positions asia critique , Volume 4 (3) – Dec 1, 1996

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 1996 by Duke University Press
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1067-9847
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1527-8271
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10.1215/10679847-4-3-637
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Abstract

A new current of racialist thought, tied loosely to the older, European, imperialist archive of “biological” and culturalist pseudoknowledge, has picked up momentum recently and, in a move that traverses established boundaries, is accumulating under one purview culturally singular or morphologically distinctive peoples who may have originated in East Asia but who now reside outside Asia proper. This trend is redolent of an earlier event, initiated half a millennium ago, by which similarly variegated peoples originating from the African continent were transformed into “Negroes” and “blacks.” Construction of a pan-“Asian” or “Asian Pacific Islander” identity, under conditions that reflect the immediate contestation of European social and economic hegemony (as well as the revanchist tenor of reenergized “white” supremacist projects) is a development of enormous historical moment. The uses to which this new construct is put-augmenting the strength of existing sites of racialized power or helping to disassemble these sites-will without question impact ongoing efforts that seek empowerment for diasporic Africans and other historically subaltern racialized groups. positions 4:3 Winter 1996 This special issue ofpositions seeks interdisciplinary offerings, reflective essays, theory, specialist studies, and monographic writings that focus on how the complex condominiums of racial ideology, economic status, and

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Published: Dec 1, 1996

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