Comparative Ethnic Studies

bcccoverBeyond ‘The Chinese Connection”: Contemporary Afro-Asian Cultural Production interrogates cross-cultural dynamics within a transnational context.  As a result of such films as Enter the Dragon (1973), The Chinese Connection (1972) and The Big Boss (1971), Bruce Lee emerges as both a cross-cultural hero and global cultural icon who resonates with the experiences of African American, Asian American and Hong Kong youth, experiences impacted by the rise of a global economy in the 1970s. Drawing on theories of cosmopolitanism and hybridity, I argue that Lee’s films prefigure themes that reflect cross-cultural negotiations with global culture for post-1990 Afro-Asian cultural production.  Engaging in global culture in a variety of ways, such cultural production includes novels such as Frank Chin’s Gunga Din Highway (1999), Ishmael Reed’s Japanese By Spring (1992), and Paul Beatty’s White Boy Shuffle (1996); films such asRush Hour 2 (2001), Unleashed (2005), The Matrix trilogy (1999-2003) and the Japanese anime series, Samurai Champloo (2004). (University of Mississippi Press, 2013)

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Anderson, Crystal S.  Review of Transpacific Racism: Afro-Asian Solidarity in 20th-Century Black America, Japan, and Okinawa, by Yuichiro Onishi. Journal of American Studies 48.4 (2014): doi:

Anderson, Crystal S. “When Were We Colored?: Blacks, Asians and Racial Discourse.” Blacks and Asians: Crossings, Conflict and Commonality. Ed. Hazel McFerson. Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2006. 59-77.  

Anderson, Crystal S. “Panthers and Dragons on the Page: The Afro-Asian Dynamic in The Black Aesthetic.”  The Black Urban Community:  From Dusk ‘Till Dawn. Ed. Gayle T. Tate and Lewis A. Randolph. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2006. 427-437.



A Tale of Three Cities:  The Urban and Afro-Asian American Encounters in The Matrix Trilogy.” Paper presented at the Association of Asian American Studies, New York, NY, 2007. 

“ ‘Because Some Things Never Change and Some Things Do’:  Afro-Asian Solidarity and Discord in The Matrix Trilogy.” Paper presented as part of the American Seminar—Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas, November, 2006.

“‘Worlds of Color’:  Literary Representations of Black-Asian Cooperation.”  Paper presented at the American Studies Association Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2004.

“Asians and Asian Americans in the Contemporary Black Imagination.” Paper presented at the Blacks and Asians: Encounters Through Time and Space International Conference, Boston University, 2002.

“Racial Discourse as Environmental Policy: The Rhetorical Response to Black Emigration and Japanese Nationalism.” Paper presented at the East of California Asian American Studies Conference, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2002.

“Towers of Ivory, Ebony and Jade: Asian American Studies and the Legacy of the Black Intellectual Experience in the South.” Paper presented at the East of California Asian American Studies Conference, Oberlin College, 2001.