EVERYBODY WAS KUNG FU FIGHTING VIJAY PRASHAD PDF

These cultures live in and through us everyday, with almost no self-consciousness about hierarchy or meaning. Not only does it imply that cultures can be separated from another, as Kelley notes, but also relies on the false criteria of authenticity and purity. To legitimate this claim, Prashad traces the emergence of a novel European imposed racial ideology, against, what he portrays as, the natural tendency of human societies to blend together. Before the arrival of Vasco Da Gama and the Portuguese in the Indian Ocean world, cultural groups did not view each other in racial terms. After establishing this, and the institutionalization of race theory within early European academia, Prashad then situates the modern problem of race discourse.

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These cultures live in and through us everyday, with almost no self-consciousness about hierarchy or meaning. Not only does it imply that cultures can be separated from another, as Kelley notes, but also relies on the false criteria of authenticity and purity. To legitimate this claim, Prashad traces the emergence of a novel European imposed racial ideology, against, what he portrays as, the natural tendency of human societies to blend together. Before the arrival of Vasco Da Gama and the Portuguese in the Indian Ocean world, cultural groups did not view each other in racial terms.

After establishing this, and the institutionalization of race theory within early European academia, Prashad then situates the modern problem of race discourse. Abandoning it entirely is not productive; nonetheless, neoliberal democracies conflate any kind of race discourse with racism and in polyculturalism is the remedy. Thus the changing, dynamic vision of cultural identity in polyculturalism is subsumed within class identity.

His notion of Third World Solidarity is what stands out the most. The preceding four chapters are spent building up this concept— of polyculturalism representing the unity of the working classes. But this is simply a virtue of the fact that Prashad tends towards radical class activism, both in colonial and postcolonial periods, while Kelley is focused only on culture.

Nonetheless, for a popular work that attempts to theorize and historicize ambiguous concepts of race and class, Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting provides a fast-paced, colorful introduction. Surely a rhetorical gesture, the book itself is a polycultural product, incorporating vibrant references of poems, rap lyrics of the Ruff Ryders and Rakim, historical photographs, and witty sub-titles, all neatly wrapped up in the metaphor of Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting, a Chinese-American pop song by Indian songwriter Bindu and performed by the African-American Carl Douglas.

Works Cited Prashad, Vijay. Everybody was Kung Fu fighting: Afro-Asian connections and the myth of cultural purity. Kelley, Robin. People In Me. Boston: Beacon Press, Published by Laura Madokoro on March 20, at pm under Uncategorized.

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Prashad, Vijay. Boston: Beacon Press, He sets polyculturalism in opposition to what he considers to be the two dominant American attitudes toward race: color blindness and multiculturalism. He defines the color blind attitude to be the logic motivating opposition to affirmative action, that people should be evaluated based on merit irrespective of ethnicity.

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