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Black Power, Yellow Power, and the Making of Revolutionary Identities$
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Rychetta Watkins

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031618

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031618.001.0001

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Promise vs. Praxis

Promise vs. Praxis

The Legacies of Power

(p.143) Chapter Five Promise vs. Praxis
Black Power, Yellow Power, and the Making of Revolutionary Identities

Rychetta Watkins

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter first talks about the reasons for this study and research. It outlines the reasons for discussing African American literature and Asian American literature together when the history of these two groups within America is riddled with all kinds of conflict and antipathy. This chapter addresses these questions by revisiting the insights of each of the previous chapters, and finally returning to Mae Henderson’s work to reflect on this project’s implications. Initially, the project was mainly concerned with the meaning of colonialism and how African American and Asian American activists initially adapted the concept of colonialism, as well as how their adaptation of it led to the consolidation of a “guerilla” figure and aesthetic. The chapter further explores how this project’s main concern has much to do with power: how it was defined, resisted, and critiqued by black and Asian American ethnic revolutionary nationalist activists, the media, and scholars.

Keywords:   African American literature, Asian American literature, Mae Henderson, colonialism

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