Yasuko Takezawa, Akio Tanabe
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Looking at a range of cases from around the Transpacific, the contributors to this book explore the complex formulations of race and racism emerging from transoceanic migrations and encounters in the region.
Asia has a history of ceaseless, active, and multidirectional migration, which continues to bear multilayered and complex genetic diversity. The traditional system of rank order between groups of people in Asia consisted of multiple “invisible” differences in variegated entanglements, including descent, birthplace, occupation, and lifestyle. Transpacific migration brought about the formation of multilayered and complex racial relationships, as the physically indistinguishable yet multifacetedly racialized groups encountered the hegemonic racial order deriving from the transatlantic experience of racialization based on “visible” differences. Each chapter in this book examines a different case study, identifying their complexities and particularities while contributing to a broad view of the possibilities for solidarity and human connection in a context of domination and discrimination. These cases include the dispossession of the Ainu people, the experiences of Burakumin emigrants in America, the policing of colonial Singapore, and data governance in India.
A fascinating read for sociologists, anthropologists, and historians, especially those with a particular focus on the Asian and Pacific regions.
1. Introduction Yasuko Takezawa and Akio Tanabe
PART I: Encounters, Entanglement, and Solidarity
2. Settler Colonialism as Encounter: On the Question of Racialization and Labor Power in the Dispossession of Ainu Lands Katsuya Hirano
3. Burakumin Emigrants to America: Historical Experience of “Racialization” and Solidarity across the Pacific Hiroshi Sekiguchi
4. From Anti-Japanese to Anti-Mexican: Linkages of Racialization Experiences in 1920s California Yu Tokunaga
PART II: Empire and Effects of Categorization
5. Colonial Rule and “Category”: Policing in Colonial Singapore Takeshi Onimaru
6. The Virtualization of Race: Data Governance and Racialization in Modern India Akio Tanabe
7. Racism in Imperial and Post-Imperial Japanese Language Literature Ryuichi Narita
PART III: Minor Alliance, Memory, and Affect
8. A Japanese American Critique of the Atomic Bomb and Its Up Againstness Crystal Uchino
9. The 1992 LA Uprising and the Politics of Representation: Multilayered Memories in Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 Kazuyo Tsuchiya
10. Unraveling and Connecting in the Transpacific: The Narratives and Work of Yoko Inoue and Jean Shin Yasuko Takezawa