My latest article for the Hapa Japan website, is entitled: Cultural Bodies. The ARTICLE ASKS: What bodies do we carry and represent to the world? … Continue Reading “Cultural Bodies:” My Newest Article on the Hapa Japan site
“What does it mean to be haunted by a history of division and destruction, then to migrate and become assimilated into a country that had an active role in creating and maintaining that division?”
Black Asians are not one race or peoples. Black Asian are not one culture, one idea, one group.
This is an ad in a Japanese corporate publication that came out this year. It shows Douglas MacArthur, the so-called “architect of the Occupation of Japan and Korea” after both the Second World War. The ad says: “Let us create a good country.”
“The Marginalization of Afro-Asians in East Asia: Globalization and the Creation of Subculture and Hybrid Identity” by Sierra Reicheneker from Global Tides: Pepperdine Journal of International Studies
Letter to Myself as a Newborn by Kenji Liu (Kyoto, Japan) Thirty-two years ago. 4:12 pm. A forest, river and hospital.
"On June 28, 1946, ten months after American troops landed in Japan, Japanese radio announced that a child of mixed Japanese and American parentage had been born that morning. The announcer called the baby a symbol of love and friendship between Japan and the United States: "a rainbow across the Pacific." SCAP [US Occupation administration offices] headquarters immediately issued an order to fire the announcer for condoning fraternization."
- From the chapter "The Problem of Miscegenation" in the work: Transpacific Racisms and the U.S. Occupation of Japan by Yukiko Koshiro. Page 159.