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Author Schleitwiler, Vince, author.

Title Strange fruit of the Black Pacific : imperialism's racial justice and its fugitives / Vince Schleitwiler
Published New York : New York University Press, [2017]


Description 1 online resource
Series Nation of nations : immigrant history as American history
Nation of nations (NYU Press)
Contents Overture: The good news of empire -- The violence and the music, April-December 1899 -- Shaming a diaspora -- Love notes from a Third-conditional World -- What comes after a chance -- The rainbow sign and the fire, every time Los Angeles burns -- Afterthought: The passing of multiculturalism
Summary "Set between the rise of the U.S. and Japan as Pacific imperial powers in the 1890s and the aftermath of the latter's defeat in World War II, Strange Fruit of the Black Pacific traces the interrelated migrations of African Americans, Japanese Americans, and Filipinos across U.S. domains. Offering readings in literature, blues and jazz culture, film, theatre, journalism, and private correspondence, Vince Schleitwiler considers how the collective yearnings and speculative destinies of these groups were bound together along what W.E.B. Du Bois called the world-belting color line. The links were forged by the paradoxical practices of race-making in an aspiring empire--benevolent uplift through tutelage, alongside overwhelming sexualized violence--which together comprise what Schleitwiler calls 'imperialism's racial justice.' This process could only be sustained through an ongoing training of perception in an aesthetics of racial terror, through rituals of racial and colonial violence that also provide the conditions for an elusive countertraining. With an innovative prose style, Strange Fruit of the Black Pacific pursues the poetic and ethical challenge of reading, or learning how to read, the Black and Asian literatures that take form and flight within the fissures of imperialism's racial justice. Through startling reinterpretations of such canonical writers as James Weldon Johnson, Nella Larsen, Toshio Mori, and Carlos Bulosan, alongside considerations of unexpected figures such as the musician Robert Johnson and the playwright Eulalie Spence, Schleitwiler seeks to reactivate the radical potential of the Afro-Asian imagination through graceful meditations on its representations of failure, loss, and overwhelming violence"--Publisher's website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCOhost, viewed May 10, 2021)
Subject Imperialism -- Social aspects -- Pacific Area -- History
African Americans -- Migrations -- History
Japanese Americans -- Migrations -- History
Filipino Americans -- Migrations -- History
African Americans -- Intellectual life.
Japanese Americans -- Intellectual life
Filipino Americans -- Intellectual life
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Minority Studies.
African Americans -- Intellectual life.
African Americans -- Migrations.
Imperialism -- Social aspects.
Race relations.
Pacific Area -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century
Pacific Area -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century
United States -- Insular possessions -- Race relations -- History
Pacific Area.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781479851744