Transpacific Correspondence

Dispatches from Japan's Black Studies

  • Yuichiro Onishi
  • Fumiko Sakashita

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Yuichiro Onishi, Fumiko Sakashita
    Pages 1-20
  3. A Primer for Transpacific Correspondence

  4. Crossing Over

  5. Transpacific Black Freedom Studies

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 203-226

About this book


Since 1954, Japan has become home to a vibrant but little-known tradition of Black Studies. Transpacific Correspondence introduces this intellectual tradition to English-speaking audiences, placing it in the context of a long history of Afro-Asian solidarity and affirming its commitments to transnational inquiry and cosmopolitan exchange. More than six decades in the making, Japan’s Black Studies continues to shake up commonly held knowledge of Black history, culture, and literature and build a truly globalized field of Black Studies.


Black Studies in Japan Afro-Asian relations Black intellectual history African diaspora transpacific Black freedom studies Black politics Civil Rights movement Black feminism Mary Lou Williams haiku postwar Japan US occupation of Japan cosmopolitanism S. I. Hayakawa Paule Marshall Hiromi Furukawa Atsuko Furomoto Keiko Kusunose Tsunehiko Kato Gishin Kitajima

Editors and affiliations

  • Yuichiro Onishi
    • 1
  • Fumiko Sakashita
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of African American & African StudiesUniversity of Minnesota, Twin CitiesMinneapolis, MNUSA
  2. 2.College of LettersRitsumeikan UniversityKyotoJapan

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-05456-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-05457-1
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