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Rethinking ‘race’ from Asian perspectives YASUKO TAKEZAWA INTRODUCTION In continental Europe, there has been a tendency to avoid using the term ‘race’ in favor of ‘ethnicity’. In the United States, on the other hand, there is abundant literature on race – far more than that on ethnicity – and in Latin America, racism and skin pigmentation are attracting increasing attention since the strong correlation between pigmentation and socioeconomic hierarchy has been revealed (cp. for example, Telles and PERLA 2014). The usage of the terms thus

Preface of the editors Ethnicity as a political resource is a seminal subject in numerous disciplines. Studies on ethnic formations, indigeneity, autochthony, international migration, nationalism, multiculturalism, and racism often approach this topic from a particular disciplinary point of view. However, while much research has been conducted on the formation of ethnicity and its impact on political mobilization in different regions across the globe, the question of whether these political uses of ethnicity are comparable remains unresolved. The

-used term is normally equated with oppres- sion and injustice, and is most often associated with capitalism, racism, and the police. In theory, Rastafari and socialist principles and doctrine sound THE RASTAFARI MOVEMENT IN SOCIALIST CUBA | 173 surprisingly similar. So, what is Babylon in a society that officially stands for social justice and equality? What is Babylon in Cuba? Although the Cuban Revolution has tried hard to eliminate all forms of social and economic injustice, the past fifty years have not brought about a complete social transformation. Since

-population and under-development in the new Départements d’outre-mer (DOMs), and the solution was to facilitate the migration of carefully-selected Antilleans to a nation experiencing labor shortages in the postwar economic boom of the “Thirty Glorious Years.” 122 | KRISTEN S. CHILDERS For Antilleans, migration to the long-idealized metropole often confronted them with blatant racism they had not experienced in the Caribbean and prompted new nationalist movements calling into question the “assimila- tion law” that made them full-fledged members of the French family


Humanities of Kyoto University in Japan. Her fields of interest include race, ethnicity, and immigration. She has been leading an international collaborative research project on race and racism from Asian experiences with a large grant-in-aid from the Japanese government. Her publications in English include Transpacific Japanese American Studies: Conversations on Race and Racializations (Yasuko Takezawa/Gary Okihiro (eds.), University of Hawaii Press, in press); Japanese Studies, 35/1, Special Issue: Rethinking Race/Racism from Asian Experiences (Koichi Iwabuchi

British history and could have even been praised and desired (sexually) in Shakespeare’s sonnets. Finding blackness in his »dark lady«, Irie is able to catch »something like a reflec- tion« (Smith 2000: 272) of herself in the »gigantic mirror« (ibid.: 266) that symbol- izes Englishness. After her teacher’s lesson, however, this is receding, dressing Irie once again in invisibility. Lost and bereft of her gaze once again, Irie, who was taught by racism to hate her body, visits a hairdresser to kill her Afro and buys an Indian women’s hair who is forced to sell it to