“Call a Spade a Spade”

  • Yinghong ChengEmail author
Part of the Mapping Global Racisms book series (MGR)


Racism can pray on any society in deep crisis that craves a powerful identity politics. The book focuses on discourses of race or racial thinking manifested in a self-claimed Chineseness that identifies the nation with a yellow race, and how such an essentialist mentality has been operative in many specific aspects of the nationalist politics, whether manipulated or spontaneous.



The book is a significant development and expansion from some of my earlier publications in English. Part of the content in Chapter  2 is based on my article entitled “Gangtai Patriotic Songs and Racialized Chinese Nationalism,” published in R. Kowner & W. Demel (Eds.), Race and Racism in Modern East Asia (Vol. II, pp. 342–368, Brill, 2015). Part of the content in Chapter  3 includes my article entitled “‘Is Peking Man Still Our Ancestor?’—Genetics, Anthropology and Politics of Racial Nationalism in China,” published in The Journal of Asian Studies, 76(3), 575–602 (August 2017). Some content in Chapter  4 is derived from my article entitled “From Campus Racism to Cyber Racism: Discourse of Race and Chinese Nationalism,” published in The China Quarterly, 207, 561–579 (2011). Chapter  5 reconceptualizes some arguments in my article entitled “Constructing a Racialized Identity in Post-Mao China,” published in G. Wu & H. Lansdowne (Eds.), China’s Transitions from CommunismNew Perspectives (pp. 162–187, Routledge, 2015). I thank all of these journals and publishers for allowing the use of these materials.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Delaware State UniversityDoverUSA

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