Transpacific Correspondence

Dispatches from Japan's Black Studies

Editors: Onishi, Yuichiro, Sakashita, Fumiko (Eds.)

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  • Examines Japan as an unexpected but critical site of scholarship on Black history, culture, and literature
  • Advances scholarly conversations between African America, the African diaspora, and Japan
  • Appeals to scholars of Black Studies, African American intellectual history, Afrodiasporic literature and culture, and Afro-Asian Studies
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Since 1954, Japan has become home to a vibrant but little-known tradition of Black Studies. Transpacific Correspondence introduces this intellectual tradition to English-speaking audiences, placing it in the context of a long history of Afro-Asian solidarity and affirming its commitments to transnational inquiry and cosmopolitan exchange. More than six decades in the making, Japan’s Black Studies continues to shake up commonly held knowledge of Black history, culture, and literature and build a truly globalized field of Black Studies.

About the authors

Yuichiro Onishi teaches in the Department of African American & African Studies and Asian American Studies Program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA. He is the author of Transpacific Antiracism: Afro-Asian Solidarity in 20th-Century Black America, Japan, and Okinawa (2013).
Fumiko Sakashita is Associate Professor in the College of Letters at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. Her work appears in Swift to Wrath: Lynching in Global Historical Perspective (2013) and Gender and Lynching: Politics of Memory (Palgrave Macmillan 2011).

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“An intellectually impressive, indeed path-breaking, contribution to global Black Studies. This unique volume is certain to stimulate conversations and inspire future projects and dialogues about the meanings and significance of Black Studies across time and international borders (place). My excitement is palpable.” (Darlene Clark Hine, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of History, Michigan State University, USA)

“Black Studies long has been a preoccupation of a wise cohort of Japanese scholars. Over the decades, African American jazz musicians have been feted and celebrated in Tokyo, for example. This informative and enriching array of articles penned by leaders in the field will be of interest to specialists and the simply curious alike. The scope of this well-written book ranges expertly from the past to the present and constitutes a major contribution to diverse fields.” (Gerald Horne, author of Facing the Rising Sun: African-Americans, Japan and the Rise of Afro-Asian Solidarity)

“A vitally important collection that charts the development and influence of Black Studies in Japan. It makes a bold intervention in the growing field of Black internationalism. This innovative volume is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the history of race, ethnicity, and migration, and the global circulation of ideas.” (Keisha N. Blain, author of Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom)

 

 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-20

    Onishi, Yuichiro (et al.)

  • Studies in “Japanese Dream”: A Transpacific Inquiry into Afrodiasporic Feminist Thought

    Pages 23-55

    Onishi, Yuichiro (et al.)

  • When and Where We Entered: Intellectual Autobiographies of Japan’s Black Studies Scholars

    Pages 57-71

    Sakashita, Fumiko

  • You’re My Pin-up Girl!: The Politics of Jazz Fandom and the Making of Mary Lou Williams in the 1940s

    Pages 75-91

    Yamada, Masayoshi

  • Caribbean Haiku of Wisdom: Reading Elis Juliana’s Haiku in Papiamentu Translated into English

    Pages 93-109

    Mitsuishi, Yoko

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Transpacific Correspondence
Book Subtitle
Dispatches from Japan's Black Studies
Editors
  • Yuichiro Onishi
  • Fumiko Sakashita
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-05457-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-05457-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-05456-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 226
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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