Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting has ratings and 21 reviews. Zeo said: In this landmark work, historian Vijay Prashad refuses to engage the typical racial. 1 quote from Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity: ‘We are social beings who make communities with an u. A revolutionary reappraisal of Afro-Asian relationships that will change multiculturalism as we know itIn this landmark work, historian Vijay Prashad refuses to.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks everyboyd telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting: Selected as One of the Village Voice ‘s Favorite 25 Books of In this landmark work, historian Vijay Prashad refuses to engage the typical racial discussion that matches people of color against each other while institutionalizing the primacy of viay white majority.
Instead he examines more than five centuries of remarkable historical evidence of cultural and political int Selected as One of the Village Voice ‘s Favorite 25 Books of In this landmark work, historian Vijay Prashad refuses to engage the typical racial discussion that matches people of color against each other while institutionalizing the primacy of the white majority.
Instead he examines more than five centuries of remarkable historical evidence of cultural and political interaction between Blacks and Asians around the world, in which they have exchanged cultural and religious symbols, appropriated personas and lifestyles, and worked together to achieve political change. Paperbackpages. Published November 18th by Beacon Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Lists with This Book. Jul 06, Zeo rated it really liked it Shelves: To respect the fetish of culture assumes that one wants to enshrine it in the museum of humankind rather than find within it the potential for liberation or for change. We’d have to accept homophobia and sexism, class cruelty and racism, all in the service of being respectful to someone’s perverse definition of a culture.
For comfortable liberals a critique of multiculturalism is close to heresy, but for those of us who have to tussle both with the cruelty of white supremacy and with the melanch To respect the fetish of culture assumes that one wants to enshrine it in the museum of humankind rather than find within it the potential for liberation or for change.
Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting
For comfortable liberals a critique of multiculturalism is close to heresy, prasha for those of us who have to tussle both with the cruelty of white supremacy and with the melancholic torments of minoritarianism, the critique comes with ease.
The orthodoxy of below bears less power than that from above, but it is unbearable nonetheless. We have already begun to grow our own patchwork, defiant skins. These defiant skins come under the sign of the polycultural, a provisional concept grounded in antiracism rather than in diversity. Polyculturalism, unlike multiculturalism, assumes that people live coherent lives that are made up of a host of lineages—the task of the historian is not to carve out the lineages but to make sense of how people live culturally dynamic lives.
Polyculturalism is a ferocious engagement with the political world of culture, a painful embrace of the skin and all its contradictions.
This problem is simple: The state, we are told, must be above race. It must not actively discriminate against people on the basis of race in its actions If we do not live by ‘s Plessy v. Fergusonwe continue to live by its principle axiom—that wws is a formal and individual designation and not a historical and social one.
That is, we are led to believe that racism is a prejudicial behavior of one party against another rather than the coagulation of socioeconomic injustice against groups. If the state acts without prejudice that is, if it acts equallyvijayy that is proof of the end of racism.
Unequal socioeconomic conditions of today, based as they are on racisms of the past and of the present, are thereby rendered untouchable by the state. Color-blind justice privatizes inequality and racism, and it removes itself from the project of redistributive and anti-racist justice. This is the genteel racism of our new millennium.
Nov 15, Bill rated it it was ok.
Instead, it seemed more like righting South Asian culture has influenced and been co-opted by Jamaican and African-American culture–as though these things are one-way streets. It was interesting in that fighitng taught me a lot of things I didn’t know, but I thought that if one culture influences the other the opposite must also be true. And where were the exam I don’t know. And where were the examples of those exchanges? Aug 10, Jiaqi rated it really liked it. May 28, Patricia Lee rated it really liked it.
Lots of interesting information.
Prashad, Everybody was Kung-Fu Fighting, annotation by Kirsten Rokke
My complaint is that it’s weak on citations in some areas. For example, the author makes vijzy reference to southeast asians who joined African Americans in Salem, Massachusetts – but there is no reference provided nor is this vija followed up on in any other part of the book. Sep 09, Rindge Leaphart rated it did not like it. I thought this book had so much potential. In general, a let down. There are some interesting tidbits here and there, but the book is unstructured and at the end of they day I am not sure I can accurately describe what the book is about.
Jan 19, Jane rated it really liked it. Selections worked really well in a class I taught for first-year university students. The immediacy and vividness of the writing, and the combination of relevance and recent history they didn’t know, worked great.
May 01, Lisa rated it liked it. A compelling choice to bring black and Asian fh together. A little wide ranging.
Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity
Prashad discusses prashaf historical instances of solidarity between Asian and African people during times of political and social oppression, both domestically and abroad. He also discusses the ways in which Asian cultural concepts integrated into what we generally view as African cultural concepts, i. I see now how the Wu-Tang Clan came about, fr Prashad discusses the historical instances of solidarity between Asian and African people during times of political and social oppression, both domestically and abroad.
I see now how the Wu-Tang Clan came about, from a historical and cultural perspective. Prashad’s message here is of solidarity between people of color in order to gain freedom from fightkng, not just working towards achieving small victories ws individual groups, but working together to achieve major social transformation.
May 03, Fkghting rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Feb 20, Nafee rated it it was amazing. I was assigned this book years ago when in Gary Okihiro’s class, but this was the first time I read the book cover to cover.
Also, the first time I read it, I had never been to Asia. The book is brilliant and confronts some of the global issues that bring people of African and Asian origin together and highlights lens of local dynamics that color our interactions in urban America.
Mar 12, Shan rated it liked it. Feb 24, Owen rated it liked it. Oct 03, Sean Xavier rated it it was amazing. NOW I get it. Polyculturalism–I do like your ideas. Mar 22, Sumayyah rated it really liked it. Very eye-opening and informative. Mar 19, Devon rated it really liked it. May 08, Vikrant Dadawala rated it it was ok.
Its informative, but not everything you’d expect from a book with such a great name. Jul 01, Gwen rated it it was amazing. Jan 28, b bb bbbb bbbbbbbb rated it did not like it Shelves: Praahad 08, James Theodorakopoulos rated it liked it.
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Vijay Prashad is the executive director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. He is the author or editor of several books, including The Darker Nations: A Possible History of the Global South.
Books by Vijay Prashad. Trivia About Ffu Was Kun No trivia or quizzes yet. Quotes from Everybody Was Kun Figyting attempts to occlude our cosmopolitanism of the wqs in and out of our bonesand it often appropriates our mild forms of xenophobia into its own virulent project.