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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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The Making of “Colored-Internationalism” in Postwar Japan

The Making of “Colored-Internationalism” in Postwar Japan

(p.97) 3 The Making of “Colored-Internationalism” in Postwar Japan
Transpacific Antiracism

Yuichiro Onishi

NYU Press

This chapter explores how the Kokujin Kenkyu no Kai's (Association of Negro Studies) transpacific practice of translation enabled its members to link up with the political world of Robert F. Williams and to construct their own distinct discourse of black radicalism called “colored-internationalism.” It first describes the eclectic intellectual orientation of Japanese scholars associated with Kokujin Kenkyu no Kai before discussing how these scholars entered the new horizon of political possibilities opened up by W. E. B. Du Bois's pro-Japan challenge. While pursuing their interests in the Marxist position on the “Negro Question,” the Esperanto movement, antebellum utopianism and abolitionism, and postwar Japanese Popular Front activism, these scholars began to think about how to respond to Du Bois's challenge of creating a more just, humane, and egalitarian society. These curious groundings, the chapter argues, helped the discourse of black radicalism to become relevant in postsurrender Japan.

Keywords:   colored-internationalism, Kokujin Kenkyu no Kai, Association of Negro Studies, translation, Robert F. Williams, black radicalism, Japanese scholars, W. E. B. Du Bois, Negro Question, Esperanto movement

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