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Transpacific AntiracismAfro-Asian Solidarity in 20th-Century Black America, Japan, and Okinawa$
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Yuichiro Onishi

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814762646

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814762646.001.0001

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W. E. B. Du Bois’s Afro-Asian Philosophy of World History

W. E. B. Du Bois’s Afro-Asian Philosophy of World History

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(p.54) 2 W. E. B. Du Bois’s Afro-Asian Philosophy of World History
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Transpacific Antiracism
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Yuichiro Onishi

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814762646.003.0003

This chapter examines W. E. B. Du Bois's racial philosophy of human emancipation, or what it calls Afro-Asian philosophy of world history, by focusing on his response to the growing strength of the imperialist Japanese state within the global white polity in the 1930s and 1940s. It considers Du Bois's claim that such a philosophy could unleash new kinds of knowledge and critical resistance to white supremacy within black political life. It also explains how Du Bois's persistent pro-Japan defense, despite being fraught with fundamental and serious errors, influenced his transformation as a theorist of black radicalism and internationalism. Finally, it explores how Du Bois's analysis of Japan's place in the world of race and empires allowed him to incite race-based collective action against racism, imperialism, and colonialism.

Keywords:   racism, W. E. B. Du Bois, human emancipation, Afro-Asian philosophy, world history, Japan, white supremacy, black radicalism, imperialism, colonialism

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