The Department of American Ethnic Studies presents Strange Fruit of the Black Pacific: Imperialism's Racial Justice and Its Fugitives, a book reading by Dr. Vince Shleitwiler.
Free and open to the public, reception to follow.
Why have ideals of racial justice been regularly offered as justifications for the expansion of U.S. power, across the Pacific and around the world? How do spectacular forms of violence set the conditions by which race and racial justice are perceived? What’s left to learn from histories of 20th century Afro‐Asian relations now that their visions of the world’s liberation by its “darker races” survive mainly in negation or nostalgia? In Strange Fruit of the Black Pacific, Vince Schleitwiler reads the intersections of Japanese American, African American, and colonial Filipino migrations across US domains in the 20th century, pursuing the poetic and ethical challenge of reading, or learning how to read, literatures that take form and flight within the fissures of the inextricable processes of benevolence and sexualized violence he terms “imperialism’s racial justice.”