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Birth of a Blasian

Birth of a Blasian

Chapter:
(p.27) Chapter 2 Birth of a Blasian
Source:
Blasian Invasion
Author(s):
Myra S. Washington
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496814227.003.0002

The emergence of Blasians is historically, politically, intimately, and juridically contextualized through examination of national and transnational connections between Blacks and Asian/Americans. Analyses of these connections underscore tensions and anxieties especially around interracial mixing and U.S. military imperialism. Sociohistorical contextualization is necessary to demonstrate how Blasian media figures have become visible and how their bodies act as racial scripts used to demarcate, sometimes poorly, racial divisions and hierarchies. Through explorations of moments of Blasian illegibility and Black and Asian/American solidarity, this chapter ends on how these connections have offered potential areas for rethinking race and culture.

Keywords:   Transnational, Militarism, Interracial, Solidarity, Visibility

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