This week, we look at Japan’s relationship with blackness and black communities in the wake of the Meiji Restoration, and at the beginnings of a movement among black people to make Japan into a champion of non-white peoples.
Note: this episode includes some language that may be considered dated or offensive (though no use of slurs).
Horne, Gerald. Facing the Rising Sun: African Americans, Japan, and the Rise of Afro-Asian Solidarity.
Martin, Michael T and Lamont H Yeakey. “Pan-American Asian Solidarity: A Central Theme in DuBois’ Conception of Racial Stratification and Struggle.” Phylon 43, No 3 (3rd Quarter, 1982).
Araki, Keiko. Anywhere but Here: Black Intellectuals in the Atlantic World and Beyond.
An excellent piece from JSTOR Daily on Black Radicalism’s relationship to the Japanese Empire.