Carby (1) says that the nature of the Black people’s presence inNorth America, together with other immigrant communities, such as theJapanese, is quite intriguing. This is because there are a number ofmulticultural conflicts, which come up as the people from thesedifferent backgrounds come together and interact in the same socialsetting. At the same time, there is quite a lot of assumptions thatexist which act as the main reasons between misunderstandings andconflicts. Regardless, scholars have studied the trends thatfacilitate these multicultural differences, such as racial profilingand stereotyping, which continues to create the cultural dividebetween these two distinct cultures (Davis 161). Some of the findingsare that multiculturalism is slowly becoming a current code word forrace creating a certain awareness, that race is being used todescribe the culture and tradition of all people belonging to acertain group. This paper looks at how Japanese immigrants havecollaborated with Black Americans to form the , whichis an outfit representing a strong alliance of two differentcultures.
Multiculturalism is a school of thought that philosophers use toexplain how different people respond to cultural issues, socialtraditions and religious diversity. Given the fact thatmulticulturalism is a concept that promotes distinctiveness ofcultures, there are a number of philosophical policies that areintegrated, such as racial segregation, socio-cultural integrationsand assimilation of cultures. A Blasian is a person of mixed BlackAsian and Caucasian race. The Blasians are mainly found in NorthAmerica.
Post war literature and films highlighted the tensions between theAsians and the Americans, with the integration of the Asian and BlackAmerican to form a new culture out to combat racism and bias. Onesuch piece of literature is the novel Japanese by Spring, whichis a comical take on the era of intellectual debates about theculture wars. This novel looks at the different positions taken byblack intellectuals during this time, in an attempt to study race andculture in higher education. Some of the famous black intellectualswere Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey, who were instrumental ininspiring the black community. During this period, a connectionbetween the African Americans and the Asians began to strengthen, asthe former’s sympathy for the later began growing. Ishmael Reedfreely criticize the American culture which was full of impunity andracism against the minorities (23). Despite the fact that this pieceof work is not a manifestation of direct conflict between theBlasians and the Whites, the author creates a new way of exploringthe unjust White supremacy.
During the times of the fight against racism in America, the Asiansand the African Americans began identifying themselves as minorities.Castro and Alarcon say that minorities are bonded by the fact thatthey share the same problems, which include racial abuse, lack ofaccess to basic services and general cultural negativity (784). TheJapanese, having suffered from unfair treatment in the American soilduring the Second World War, joined the Blacks in the philosophicaland intellectual fight for liberation and freedom in America andacross the globe. The atomic bombs attacks in the Japanese soil was ahistoric turning event in the way the Asians viewed the West(specially the White Americans) (Davis 161). This catastrophic eventsomehow helped create a connection between the Asians and the Blacks,especially by reminding the Blacks of their own tribulations duringthe times of slavery. Gerald satisfyingly describes how this gaverise to a different paradigm of perception in multiculturalism, asfar as the Asians, Blacks and Blasian races are concerned.
Regardless, authors have discussed the rationale rise of theassociation between the Asians and the Black, which has given rise toa new race known as Blasians. While some may argue that culture warsare inherently troublesome, Reed argues that the concept of culturewars is relative, and as such, he made his protagonist a blackacademic intellectual, who at the same time, was well trained inphysical combat (25). Similarly, in the film The Last Dragon, thestar is a Black American, who fights evil White men using traditionalAsian fight styles. This is perhaps the best depiction of the Blasianculture in pop-culture. According to Washington, the Blasianculture/race is one whose major objective is to fight for theirrecognition (253). The motive behind this is the tribulations thatthe members of the breed culture, the Asians (especially theJapanese) and the African Americans have suffered under the Whites.The message that is sent from the Japanese in response to the issueof White supremacy is positively received by the African –Americans,who now view Japanese as a more friendly culture than the AmericanWhites.
This paper has highlighted some of the works of literature thatdemonstrate the rise of the , which was a result ofcoalition between the Black Americans and the Asians.. The message isclear, that the member of this emerging race (African Americans andthe Asians) identify themselves as equally influential members thesociety, who deserve recognition, and are now rising up in arms todefend their position in the emerging civilization and modernization.It is apparent that the arguments hold substance, given thatinformation is provided to support the claims. As such, it has beenestablished that the success of the Blasians culture in the modernsociety is on course, and that gaining their rightful position in theAmerican society may be come as a surprise to many.
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