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Beyond The Chinese ConnectionContemporary Afro-Asian Cultural Production$
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Crystal S. Anderson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617037559

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617037559.001.0001

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“Scheming, Treacherous, and Out for Revenge”

“Scheming, Treacherous, and Out for Revenge”

Ethnic Imperialism

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Beyond The Chinese Connection

Crystal S. Anderson

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter uses Lee’s film The Chinese Connection (1972) to explore the theme of ethnic imperialism involving Japanese and African American cultures in Ishmael Reed’s Japanese by Spring and the Japanese anime series Samurai Champloo. Set against the backdrop of Shanghai in 1908, tensions resulting from Japanese encroachment on Chinese sovereignty and resources drive the action. In this way, The Chinese Connection prefigures the theme of ethnic imperialism, with the Japanese as antagonists who represent a colonizing power bent on erasing Chinese culture and imposing Japanese culture upon the citizens.

Keywords:   Bruce Lee, Chinese Connection, Japanese culture, African American culture, Ishmael Reed, Japanese by Spring, Samurai Champloo, Chinese culture

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