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Interracial Encounters: Reciprocal Representations in African and Asian American Literatures, 1896-1937

Julia H. Lee

Abstract

Why do black characters appear so frequently in Asian American literary works and Asian characters in African American literary works in the early twentieth century? This book attempts to answer this question, arguing that scenes depicting Black-Asian interactions, relationships, and conflicts capture the constitution of African American and Asian American identities as each group struggled to negotiate the racially exclusionary nature of American identity. The book argues that the diversity and ambiguity that characterize these textual moments radically undermine the popular notion that the h ... More

Keywords: Asian American literature, African American literature, Black-Asian interactions, African American identity, Asian American identity, American identity, Afro-Asian relations, interracial encounters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814752555
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814752555.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia H. Lee, author