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Dis-Orienting PlanetsRacial Representations of Asia in Science Fiction$
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Isiah Lavender III

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496811523

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496811523.001.0001

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Race and Black Humor

Race and Black Humor

From a Planetary Perspective

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(p.26) Race and Black Humor
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Dis-Orienting Planets
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Takayuki Tatsumi

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496811523.003.0003

Takayuki Tatsumi, in “Race and Black Humor: From a Planetary Perspective,” uses the literary concept of black humor to frame his discussion of race and humanity on a global scale. Starting with a racist joke concerning Hurricane Katrina, Tatsumi traces a conspiracy theory that blames this weather event on the Japanese Yakuza to develop his multi-ethnic literary analysis. From this point, Tatsumi focuses on Brian Aldiss’s short story “Another Little Boy” (1966) and how the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki transmute debates on white supremacy, counter-racism, nationalism, technology, and global racial metaphors. In his closing argument, black humor is brought to bear on Japanese-American relations as Tatsumi considers transpacific writers and transpacific imagination.

Keywords:   Japanese SF, Hiroshima, Black humor, Racism, Transpacific writers

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