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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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Developing a Critical Perspective on Power in Literature

(p.3) Introduction
Black Power, Yellow Power, and the Making of Revolutionary Identities

Rychetta Watkins

University Press of Mississippi

This introductory chapter sets out the book’s purpose, which is to examine how African Americans and Asian Americans adapted the concept of the “internal colony” to explain the sociocultural legacies of American-style colonialism in their communities, and how the “internal colony” informs subsequent academic analyses of “postcolonial” black and Asian subjectivity in America. Taking all of this into account, the book proceeds from an understanding of Power as more than just rhetoric, but as an ideology of revolutionary ethnic nationalism. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   African Americans, Asian Americans, Black Power, internal colony, colonialism, postcolonial subjectivity, ethnic nationalism

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