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Afro-Asian Cultural Production and the Rise of the Global Culture

Afro-Asian Cultural Production and the Rise of the Global Culture

Chapter:
(p.11) 1 Afro-Asian Cultural Production and the Rise of the Global Culture
Source:
Beyond The Chinese Connection
Author(s):
Crystal S. Anderson
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617037559.003.0002

This chapter uses Lee’s film Way of the Dragon (1972) as a model for interpreting representations of contemporary Afro-Asian cultural interaction. The film shows the successful navigation of a racialized urban landscape shaped by an emerging global economy, thus providing a cross-cultural model that resonated with African Americans. Way of the Dragon also resonated with youth emigrating from China to Hong Kong in the 1960s and 1970s who sought to maintain ties to a national identity in a strange and bustling metropolis. The film creates a transnational imaginary that places ethnicity at its center, resonating with Asian Americans during a time when they were being conflated with an Asian enemy of the United States during and after the Vietnam War.

Keywords:   Bruce Lee, Afro-Asian, cultural interaction, African Americans, Chinese youths, national identity, ethnicity, Asian Americans

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