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  • 1. Guest Editors’ Introduction

    2. The Shadow of Shadows–Brent Hayes Edwards

    3. Bruce Lee and the Anti-imperialism of Kung Fu:A Polycultural Adventure–Vijay Prashad

    4. Shanghai Savage–William Schaefer

    5. “Perhaps the Japanese Are to Be Thanked?” Asia, Asian Americans, and the

    Construction of Black California–Daniel Widener

    6. Beyond an Alliance of Color: The African American Impact on Modern Japan–Yukiko Koshiro

    7. Du Bois, Dark Princess, and the Afro-Asian International–Bill V. Mullen

    8. Writing on Water:Peripheries, Flows, Capital, and Struggles in the Indian Ocean–Françoise Vergès

    9. Contributors

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    The Afro-Asian Century begins the task of excavating a multitude of Afro-Asian connections and collaborations in the twentieth century. With few exceptions, area studies and cultural studies have neglected or underestimated the significance of transethnic and transnational exchanges between African and Asian peoples.

    By bringing instances of Afro-Asian traffic in the realms of politics, economics, and culture to the foreground, this collection maps an alternative global circuit. The issue examines the non-Eurocentric form of cosmopolitanism that emerged from creative encounters of racialized people in Jazz Age Paris, the Harlem Renaissance, and colonial Shanghai. It reconceptualizes the Indian Ocean as a crucial site for Afro-Asian cross-pollination and investigates the cinematic culture of kung fu as a global discourse of Afro-Asian anti-imperialism.

    Contributors. Brent Edwards, Andrew F. Jones, Yukiko Koshiro, Bill Mullen, Vijay Prashad, William Schaefer, Nikhil Pal Singh, Françoise Vergès, Daniel Widener

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